Friday, 1 May 2009

Live at the Museum!

The Natural History Museum in Kensington (London) is charging separately for access to its Butterfly Jungle and associated activities (http://tarantula.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/whats-on/butterfly-jungle/index.html?utm_Source=Visit%20us%20homepage%20ID%3A12376&utm_medium=WS%20butterfly-jungle-book&utm_campaign=butterfly-jungle-holding%20ID%3A30150). There seems to be a tendency for museums to try to get away from their 'dry and dead' persona's by introducing live animals such as bright, foreign insects. Butterflies are perhaps some of the easiest organisms to use in this sense but a) the animals chosen are robust members of the group, b) do not always relate to UK issues and c) give the impression that everything is easy to observe. Having said that, they might get more people into a museum in the first place.

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