on October 12, 2006
Royal Museum10-5pm dailyFree!This is one of the best-displayed exhibits of natural history I've ever seen. Each animal is in its own little habitat. Some are sitting, some standing, some lying down -- one tiger is even leaping! It doesn't have nearly as many specimens as does, say, the Natural History Museum in Dublin, but the ones they do have are presented very well. Even if natural history museums creep you out a little bit, as they do me, you still might find yourself enjoying this.There is another exhibit full of ironwork, jewelry, armour and other arts and crafts, including stuff from ancient Egypt! Especially interesting is the art in industry pieces -- I love looking at how people work to make functional objects look nice. You don't think of art tying into things such as kitchen appliances, but it does! It does! These things are designed not only for a functional purpose, but an aesthetic one, as well.I could have spent a lot more time here. Unfortunately, we were in a bit of a hurry by this point, so we sort of hustled through. I'm planning to revisit it next time I'm in Edinburgh.
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