Today I entered the dark, spooky walkways of The Deep Sea exhibtion for one last time to marvel at the beasts and the beauties of this weird underwater world we re-created in our Waterhouse gallery. It seems like yesterday that I first encountered them and I can't quite believe the exhibition closes this Sunday on 5 September.
If you haven't been already, this is your last chance to go. Here's a reminder of some of the exhibition highlights
The exhibition has been a really successful one for the Museum attracting many more visitors in the summer holidays than we'd ever envisaged.
So what happens next to these creatures of the deep that we've had in our midst?
The giant sperm whale bones are going into the expert hands of our Mammals curator, Richard Sabin for further research. All our own fishy specimens and HMS Challenger exhibits return to their Museum cribs after a bit of tender loving care and a check-up And most of the other deep sea models, including the submersible, will swim over to Dresden for their next exhibition appearance.
It takes about 2 to 3 weeks to dismantle everything I'm told. Then, it's all hands on deck for setting up the next Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition in the gallery space. This opens on 22 October. More about that coming soon.