A day trip to Cambridge - University botanical garden, Scott polar research institute and whipple museum of history of science.

Continuing with going to different cities every month Cambridge was next on the list. Unlike previous trips, this time around we hadn't really planned to do anything, we jotted down a few museums and went wherever. 

The first place we came across was the University botanic garden, the garden is home to plants from all over the world, with 40 acres of beautiful gardens. The gardens can be viewed all year round. 

The garden has over 8000 species of plants and it is also home to wildlife such as birds, amphibians and more, they actively encourage animals to come here. The gardens are beautiful and I really enjoyed reading about the science of plants such as double and singles flowers. The gardens encourage you to explore with little hills and stepping stones, you can almost pretend that you are on some kind of adventure. If you are a student at Cambridge the gardens are free to enter, otherwise its £5 per person which is reasonably priced, the garden is huge you could happily wander around for hours.

After we left the gardens the weather took a turn for the worst and started to rain a little, we took shelter in the first museum we came across the Scott Polar research institute. This is a centre for research into polar regions and glaciology worldwide. The polar museum is home to a unique collection of artifacts, journals, art, clothing etc. 
The museum was really interesting, it starts of talking about Arctic life moving onto expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica. Some of the items were worn/used by people who lived in these cold weather conditions, the jacket at the top was made from the intestine of a seal... The museum also talks about Shamans, shamans can leave their body for numerous reasons, one of them being the soul can leave the body to be transformed into an animal to talk to prey animals into sacrificing themselves to hunters. (Personally I quite like the idea that the animal had a choice and chose to offer itself up.) I loved reading the little extracts from journals, and getting a decent insight to what these expeditions were like for those on them. Another personal favourite of mine, although it would be frowned upon if still done today were the Whale bones/teeth from hunts that had images carved into them, this is what sailors used to do to help cure boredom, personally I find them quite beautiful. The museum is free to enter and although and the smaller side there is lots to learn about.

Another museum we went into was the Whipple museum of history of science which is home to an extensive collection of scientific instruments, including things that really peak my interest such as astronomy, globes, compasses and more.  

Something I also really liked at this museum was the wax models showing the development of animals, these are I believe are by father and son Adolf and Friedrich Ziegler who created hundreds of wax embryos to learn and study from. 

Has anyone else been to Cambridge before? This is just a few of the things I got up to whilst I was there, I'll be sharing more soon.
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