|Photo of Guo's Calligraphy Displayed|
at His Former Residence in Beijing
This is the perfect spot if you want a break from all those traditional Chinese buildings and would like to spend an afternoon looking at something more universal, more natural, and a little bit Western.
Primarily the architecture of BMNH is of classical Western style, with Guo Moruo's calligraphy at the main entrance. A photo of the calligraphy could also be found at the Guo Moruo's Former Residence. The word "自然" refers to nature, whereas "博物館", museum - so there it is the name of BMNH "自然博物館".
The decor also displays the same style as its exterior, which goes well with the very good lighting in the lobby. On the walls of the lobby, there are oil paintings of important scientists like Darwin, as well as Chinese scientists.
Science was not praised in ancient China as it is a domain regarding tools and how things work; traditionally, Chinese deem metaphysics to be the more important subject for exploration. That said, there were a number of historical figures who carried out scientific inquires to pursue the answer of how to make sense of the reality we perceive.
The lighting of most sections is a bit dim (except for "the Dinosaur World") to the extent that sometimes it's hard to see the displays clearly. And some of the specimen arrangement are strange and unnatural: predators are at times placed next to their preys as if their relationship is commensal. Alright, may be it's not only a cloud but a few.
All in all, despite the museum management can be greatly improved, it is a nice place to step out of the whole Beijing scene and embrace the universality of nature and science for a moment.
|Charles Darwin on the Wall|