Cardiff, United Kingdom
Situated amongst the civic buildings of Cardiff is the National Museum of Wales. Its unique combination of art (featuring works from some of the world's most famous artists) and science displays sets it apart among other British museums. Its extensive exhibits on plants and animals make this museum a quality place to study the variety of God's created kinds.
In the Biodiversity and Systematic Biology exhibits, your family will have the opportunity to see God's creativity. Their extensive collection of insects, crustaceans, mollusks, birds, mammals, and even some extinct creatures give you a chance to explain to your children how God created amazing variety within each animal kind.
While the Evolution of Wales galleries present the standard evolutionary timeframe of earth history, alongside its impressive display of specimens and dinosaur skeletons, this provides a good opportunity to discuss how the facts about dinosaurs must be interpreted, based on the Bible as your starting point.
As part of the Darwin anniversary in 2009, the National Museum of Wales opened a new exhibit, "Darwin: a revolutionary scientist." It focuses on his beliefs about plant and animal species and explores his connections with Wales, including his frequent hikes in north Wales. Use this time to discuss what Darwin really observed (variation within kinds) and what he concluded in his famous book, On the Origin of Species.
Our Creator put so much variety in the original created kinds. Take the turtle for instance. Approximately 250 species are known today. At the National Museum of Wales, you will see leatherback turtles, the largest turtle in the world, growing in length from 2 ½ inches at birth to 4-8 feet (1.2-2.4 m) in adulthood. Unlike other turtles, the leatherback's shell is smooth and rubbery, not hard and bony.
Don't miss the nest of 55,000 leafcutter ants! Leafcutter ants are designed to build intricate nests deep into the ground. You have probably seen videos on television of leafcutter ants carrying leaves many times their own size, but you'll never forget seeing these ants up close at work in their own nest. And to think there are 35 different species of leafcutter ants alone!
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