It was such a unique experience to see the museum so empty and quiet, without hundreds of noisy children.
we got our little camps comfortable we were expected to meet in the
cafeteria for our evening meal. We all had designated seats on
certain tables. I was a little disappointed with this, our table
consisted of us, two couples and a group of four (who unfortunately
did not stop to catch a breathe and talked constantly throughout the
entire dinner). Dinner consisted of a three course meal, which we had
pre ordered (although ours was wrong) and some ‘party games’ small
give aways and an over excitable compare! I was quite pleased when it
The next options were insect tasting or a ‘how to draw a dinosaur’. Being pregnant I didn’t think insects would be the most suitable, so we had a little wander around, took some photos and we managed to get some drinks at the bar as the queue had died down.
were certain exhibitions open for the next three hours or so, we we
wandered round those. Hubby was so excited to go back to the Dinosaur
exhibition without having to queue or fight his way through the
crowds. It was lovely to be able to spend time really looking at
things, without being pushed along in the crowds.
itself is beautiful at night, with the corridors and exhibitions
dimly lit, everything has am eerie, calm feel to it.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition was also open for us to
view. Some of the pictures are truly stunning and entry usually costs
we’d tired ourselves of the exhibitions I settled myself in my
sleeping bag, listening to the relaxing harpist, whilst hubby
trundled off to look for the ghost stories and the all night movie
marathon. He stayed up for the entire night whilst I was exhausted
and managed to get about 3 and a half hours sleep.
woke up at around 7am, to the sound of people packing away their
belongings and to the sun shining through the windows – it was a
pretty impressive sight! A cooked breakfast and a coffee later and we
were slightly more awake and all packed up ready to go.
this is a once in a lifetime experience, although hubby would tell
you, he’s returning with our first born as soon as he’s out of
nappies! It was such a fabulous experience to be in the museum at
night, and to see so many of the exhibitions without the massive
crowds. I would recommend it to those with any love for museums,
especially those who are dinosaur fans!