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Colour and Vision Exhibition

The Colour and Vision Exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London

I have to admit that I haven’t been to the Natural History Museum since my children were very small, and I’d forgotten what an imposing and striking building it is. I could have spent at least half an hour wandering around outside admiring the gargoyles. However, we had a booking for the new Colour and Vision Exhibition and had to make our way indoors.

The exhibition looks at the evolution of our vision, including our ability to see colour. It goes right back 565 million years to a time when animals had no eyes, taking us through when one species began with a small pinprick of an eye and how that led to the many types of eyes and vision we and the creatures around us have today. You can play around with seeing the ocean floor from the point of view of a sea creature, marvel at the sheer inventiveness of the fly’s eye, and rest your feet for five minutes watching a very calming film on what colour means to different artists which, of course, brings up that perpetual question: “if I see blue and you see blue, are we seeing the same thing?”

A walk through the exhibit itself takes no more than 45 minutes, but that’s just about right. You can get bored with eyes. Still, it’s a fascinating 45 minutes and one that provoked a lot of discussion between us.

Natural history museum

Natural history museum

Whilst there, we made the most of it by pottering round the other galleries and taking a walk in the countryside area, where they have created different types of British countryside including fens, meadows and heathland. This for me was a lovely little meander but not particularly appreciated by my daughter.

We topped off our visit with coffees and carrot cake in the main cafe. Expensive but an indulgent treat we both enjoyed, especially surrounded by families eating less than appetizing packed lunches.

The exhibition is on until the 6th November, 2016. Find out more here

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