The Hancock Museum is a museum of natural history located within the campus of the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and is managed by the Tyne and Wear Museums on behalf of the University. The museum first opened in 1884 and in 2006 merged with Newcastle University's Hatton Gallery to form the Great North Museum. Since I am a geek for prehistoric stuff, I couldn't have asked for a better place to spend the two spare hours I had before I met my friends for dinner.
A giant ancestar of the present day crocodiles lay basking in the light from the bulb. It didn't look too different from the crocodiles one can see playing dead in the zoos. I am glad it did not move though!
Giant Shell of a Giant Snail. I loved this area of the museum a lot. It even housed live horse-shoe crabs that haven't changed much in a million years.
And, of course, the model of a complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. I was surprised to see that it weighed almost as much as a modern day male elephant. I was expecting a larger animal frankly after seeing them wreck a havoc in the movie Jurassic Park. Nevertheless, I wouldn't want to be eaten by this creature.
Somehow these stuffed animals freaked me out more than the skeleton of the T-Rex. The Elephant isn't a real stuffed elephant though. It is made of a cast.
A Giant Turtle. Looks pretty docile but turtles are known to have a mean bite. I am not sure of this one though.
A shark flaunting its razor-sharp teeth. Another creature I wouldn't want to be bitten by.
Here's the skeleton of a Giant Antelope. Judging by the length of its legs, it would have been a fast runner. Imagine how graceful it would have looked with its beautiful horns and tall stature.
A host of stuffed and cast animals. I didn't really like this part of the museum as much as the prehistoric one.
Especially these birds that hung from the ceiling freaked me out.
Apart from this, this museum had an actual Egyptian mummy and a host of other stuff from the history and even a model of a Kathakali artist. My friends don't really enjoy museums and art galleries, but I love them. And I thought that this museum was much too small. And by the time I got interested, I had already run out of things to see.