My planned post for today was our Tapas Crawl, but I’ve decided that Spain’s food deserves its own post, so I’m going to hold off writing about that.
Instead, I’m going to use today’s post to talk about something Dave and I have really started to enjoy doing when we travel: seeing museums.
The big museum in Madrid is centered around art, which doesn’t really appeal to either of us, but we discovered Madrid also has a natural Science museum, so that’s where we spent most of our afternoon.
This particular museum has a whole lot of taxidermy, which really isn’t something I enjoy very much. But, they did have a photo exhibit where I would have spent an hour if Dave had let me.
The exhibit is put on by National Geographic. Joel Sartore has spent the last 10 years taking photos of the world’s rarest and most endangered animals. He said it “The Photo Ark”. It’s absolutely amazing.
The museum also had an excellent exhibition about human evolution and some dinosaur displays as well. What I enjoyed most about the section on evolution was the artifacts they had showing the evolution of human abilities. Early forms of jewellery, weapons, clothing and tools were displayed, and they even had a special display showing the time in our history where humans became so intelligent that mourning rituals began being performed.
All in all, I wouldn’t say Madrid’s natural Science museum is the best I’ve seen (the one in Ottawa might be my favourite), but it was a great way to spend a cold and rainy afternoon. And now there’s a new photographer for me to follow on social media. His work is incredible and I encourage you to check out his website here.
We have 1 more day in Madrid left to enjoy before we begin the first leg of our road trip, so stay tuned!!