I always thought the Natural History Museum was about dead things. You know, fossils, skeletons, etc. Apparently not. From the 29th March, the museum will come alive with a flutter of colour in their Sensational Butterfly exhibition. At first I was thinking this was going to be a display of dead butterflies pinned to a wall, which to me would make for rather grim viewing, but fortunately, Sensational Butterflies is all about celebrating the life of these beautiful creatures.
The exhibition is on until the 15th September, outside on the east lawn, where you will be able to see over fifty different species from all over the world, and learn about their lifecycle. One of the most interesting aspects of the exhibit will be the hatchery, where you will see the butterflies emerge from their cocoons. Children will also have fun with a number of butterfly challenges, where they can follow a trail and collect stamps.
Tickets are only £4.50, which is a lot cheaper than some exhibitions, which can rack up to £15. There will also be a number of free events taking place:
25th March 2.30pm-3pm & 9th May 12.30pm-2.30pm
Learn about the differences between butterflies and moths
Butterfly Explorers 5th April 12:30pm-1pm & 2:30pm-3pm
Discover what it's like to be a real butterfly explorer.
Unravelling the Secret World of Hawkmoths 7th May, 2.30pm-3pm
Learn about what makes the aerobatic Hawkmoths so special.
A Night in the Jungle 28th May, 12:30pm-1pm & 2.30pm-3pm
Find out the techniques scientists use to capture butterflies.