Tyrannosaurus Rex, Shanghai

Animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, Shanghai Natural History Museum, Shanghai 2019

The Shanghai Natural History Museum, is probably my favourite public building in Shanghai. It has an atrium, which brings a little natural light into what would otherwise be a rather large, dark museum.

Visitors start their visit at the top of the building, learning about the origin of the universe and slowly work their way down. They have lots of large scale models of large animals, some of which are reconstructed, stuffed animals. Sometimes the taxidermist got the expression the animals’ faces just right, on others, they have a slightly wide-eyed, surprised expression which doesn’t look quite right.

A few of the models, such as this one, are animatronic, which quite often draw large crowds of children as they roar and gesture menacingly.