If you don't have kids then don't bother coming here. Even just after walking through the main entrance I turned round to my friend and said "this is like a Wacky Warehouse".
I can understand it being full of parents & children as it is geared totally towards young kids and it is free to get in, so it's a good place to spend a few hours for families. But if you don't have children then it is really dismal and somewhat uncomfortable as you can see parents looking at you as if you shouldn't be there because you don't have kids. You know, I might just want to go to the museum because I like history - is that okay ??
Some of the rooms are very dark and this makes it difficult to read the descriptions of the exhibits. I can understand the Egyptian room being dimmed as the light may be damaging to the ancient objects & mummies, but why was the space & time room so dark?
Some parts of the museum haven't been refurbished for a long time - the rain forest section is EXACTLY the same as it was when I visited it as a child 35-40 years ago.
It seems as though the majority of the money used to transform the old museum into this 'World' museum was spent on the central staircase and even that isn't that good.
The cafe is very basic and the 'picnic area' is an indoors room with no windows - it's like a staff canteen.
I know the aquarium has always been in this museum, but along with the 'bugs' (an awful Americanism - we call them 'insects') surely they belong in a zoo, not a museum?
In all, I felt terrifically let down by my visit and I was glad to get out of the place. Not recommended by me.
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