On Monday we took a trip to the Natural History Museum for their Colour and Vision exhibition. I love colour and anything to do with it so I really wanted to see this, and especially the light installation that had been created especially for the exhibition. I figured/hoped the girls would be a little interested but took their iPads along just in case.
I find NHM to be quite ‘dry’ on the whole: it could do with more interactive pieces, which would really engage the sausages. The exhibition could have done with some injection of life too. Considering it was about evolution and vision, it was very ‘dead’: there were far too many glass cases of dead things, many of which made M and me baulk.
The art installation was beautiful and we all admired the changing spectrum of colours from different angles.
D managed 5 minutes of the exhibition before collapsing into tears because it was so boring! 😀 So she played on Minecraft for the rest of the time. Fair enough, it just wasn’t attention grabbing enough and the exhibits were too high for her to see. M on the other hand, absorbed most of it – she asked soooo many questions and we chatted about evolution, the tree of life and the development of eyes. Her favourite part was the only interactive bit – a computer game which tested how quickly you could spot a camouflaged crab.
The past two London outings have shown me how ready and eager she is to absorb information now – the questions she asks are incredible and tend to get me thinking along lines I’ve never considered before!
On the tube, M wanted me to give her sums to work out – it was a good distraction from the heat and motion sickness she was suffering from. She managed quite a few before her eyes became glazed and she just couldn’t even hold the sum in her head. We had a chat about Aspergers and how she has a smaller working memory than a neuro-typical person. Her diagnosis has been so useful to me in helping me to understand her more and to help her understand that other people have the same struggles too.
When we got back I put on my favourite ever documentary, ‘Colour: The Spectrum of Science’. The girls dipped in and out of it while playing Minecraft.
Overall, it was a good day! I think it’s a shame that NHM is so old fashioned – I think they need to up their game a bit. It’s so exciting just stepping through the doors but I find it quite boring inside. Though I was impressed to read that you can now tour the NHM on Google Street View so perhaps there is hope. 🙂