Monday, January 25, 2010
Mandie and I went yesterday to the Naturkundemuseum. We saw towering dinosaur skeletons, an extensive collection of fossils, rocks and minerals, and lots of preserved animal specimens. I was particularly interested in the temporary exhibition about the deep sea, however it was not as exciting as I had hoped. Too many people made it difficult to get through the exhibit efficiently, and the exhibit was mostly text with occasional samples on display behind tiny windows. Peeking in these windows was an interesting behind-the-scenes of how the museum actually operates. I could see archives, labs, and old parts of the building not open to the public. My favorite part was looking in the windows of the doors we were not allowed to enter. The museum's roof was heavily damaged by firebombs in the war and the east wing was completely destroyed. Reconstruction is still underway. The east wing should re-open this year. We brought the camera, but realized too late that it was uncharged, so no pictures this time.