This fun and family-friendly exhibit looks at the celebrated English naturalist’s upbringing, education and personal life.
Rather than focus on the theories contained within the groundbreaking ‘On the Origin of Species’, ‘Darwin, l’Original’ at the ultra-modern Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie is a fun and accessible look into the upbringing, education and personal life of the celebrated English naturalist. Throughout the exhibit, the curators place an emphasis on interactivity, with a variety of augmented reality features and films allowing young ones to learn about evolution, wildlife and life in Victorian England. In one room, Darwin’s zoological and botanical prints are blown up and reprinted, creating what feels like a massive, bizarre pop-up book, while in another, a large interactive map allows visitors to follow the round-the-world trek Darwin made age 22 aboard the HMS Beagle. Elsewhere, usable projectors, slides and microscopes allow children and adults alike to play the scientist themselves – making this a brilliant, educational day out for all the family.
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