The first time I tried to visit the Zoology arm of Glasgow’s wonderful Hunterian Museum, it snowed and snowed and snowed and when I got there it was closed. Needless to say since this incident, visiting has been firmly on my to do list and when I was in town last Summer, I made sure I popped in.
After becoming familiar with the super slick and Hunterian Museum, just across the Glasgow University campus from the Zoology wing (you can see my photographs from my first visit over here) I was expecting more of the same. I was pleasantly surprised to walk in and discover the polar opposite.
That glorious dusty library smell! Wooden displays with carefully handmade information panels that felt like school projects give the whole museum a classroom feel. Someone was having a Spanish lesson in one corner, desks and tables are scattered around making it the perfect secret spot to do some work.
And then when you least expect it, they have real life animal friends! I spent a good hour communing with a bearded dragon. It was magical. Thankfully – this snake is not alive.
The Zoology Museum is kind of hard to find, huddled away amongst University buildings it looks like just another classroom. Which I guess in many ways, it probably is. I absolutely recommend taking the time to hunt it out if you happen to be in Glasgow, and steal a few quiet moments appreciating its charms. Absolutely one of my favourite places in the whole of Glasgow – the perfect spot to sit and read, do some work, look at things, think about life and talk to snakes.
In the middle of it all there is these guys – totally open so you can get super close and see up their noses.