The Bristol Musem ~ Fantasy Field Trip

The best part about traveling to another country is that for weeks afterward {and probably longer} you can begin nearly every story with ‘when I was in the amazon rain forest‘, or wherever it was that you traveled.BMAG_exterior

When I was in England, {ha!} The Bristol Museum just happened to be on the way back up a very long hill, so we stepped inside for a break. I was instantly sorry that all the kids weren’t with us, especially Elvis, who is a that perfect age where everything is new and exciting. The building was amazing, and next door to the massive Wills Memorial Building, which was really beautiful.
BMAG_front_hallThe ceiling of the Bristol museum was cool, but even the hanging plane had nothing on the Wills Tower ceilings. I didn’t get to see more than just the main entrance hall, but the pictures of the library I found online made me wish I could have explored more! {unfortunately, since I am not a student at Bristol University, I wasn’t allowed}


Look at that! Amazing. It’s pretty much a tower, just for the sake of being a tower. Not a hotel, or a mall, or a business empire, just a gothic landmark in honor of Henry Overton Wills III. All this is beside the point…back to the museum.


Only first, the library.


Look at that ceiling! Those little lights!


The Bristol Museum had a large exhibit on Egypt, full of wonderful art and artifacts. Elvis is particularly interested in Egypt, Archeology, and Paleontology right now, so I totally wished he could have been with me to see all the displays in person.

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We spent quite a while trying our hand at decoding the hieroglyphics in this picture, and even though we still have no idea what it says, it was very interesting and fun to work on.


One floor of the museum had a massive amount of taxidermy and animal specimens. Some of the creatures there I had only ever seen on Wild Kratts before this, like the Tasmanian Tiger.  I say taxidermy, but there were also skeletons, insects and models in this exhibit. It was fascinating. Some of the animals were super creepy, and others were just beautiful and a little sad.


Some of the display cases were like huge pieces of furniture, featuring gold lettering and polished wood.

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Across the hall from where all the taxidermy was, there was a large geology and paleontology exhibit, including skeletons of Pliosaurus, which immediately made me think of Emma Tupper’s Diary, which I had purchased for Elvis just before we left. I ordered it for him, simply because I remember loving it as a kid, and it is set in Scotland, one of our destinations. When I saw this whole exhibit, I sort of freaked out and took way too many pictures, {and in my haste, most of them are improperly focused} wanting to show him as soon as possible. Of course, he was busy reading Calvin and Hobbes, so it didn’t have quite the impact I was hoping for….but I know it will be exciting once he gets into Emma Tupper a bit.



The geology was beautiful, and these giant garnets were so cool. I loved that so many displays were clearly long-standing fixtures in the museum.

IMG_1086If money were no object, {and there was a direct portal to Bristol} I would whisk my kids to this museum over and over, just to work our way through each hall, and take our time looking through each exhibit. I would also want to travel back to 2009, to see Banksy vs. the Bristol Museum.

Listening to Schubert, Shelley