It would have been foolish of me to come study here without making a post on the Bristol Museum, considering it is next door to where most of my classes take place. It has a notable collection of Mesozoic marine reptiles. Here is a well-preserved specimen of Temnodontosaurus.
Excalibosaurus, an ichthyosaur with a very elongate rostrum.
A large specimen of Leptonectes.
An outdated presentation of plesiosaur biology.
There are also a few Mesozoic dinosaurs on display, including this Plateosaurus mounted in a rearing posture.
Perhaps surprisingly, the most highly-celebrated dinosaur here is the small sauropodomorph Thecodontosaurus, lauded due to it being a local and historically interesting fossil discovery. Here is a model of the beast by Bob Nicholls.
The reconstructed forelimbs of Thecodontosaurus.
A mostly complete specimen of Scelidosaurus.
A model of Scelidosaurus that has been quote-mined (see the words near its feet).
A more recently extinct dinosaur, an eastern moa.
I quite enjoy the taxidermy displays at this museum, as the specimens are mounted in evocatively lifelike poses. Here is an edible dormouse, as part of a gallery of British wildlife.
An impressively large monkfish, shown luring a small flatfish to its death.
They went to some lengths to get the correct eyes for these stuffed specimens, as is particularly noticeable with this great cormorant.
A hoopoe. I would love to add this species to my life list someday. Based on the blurb though, there's little chance of that happening here.
A diorama of nesting sand martins. (We Americans call them bank swallows.)
There are some more exotic species on display as well, such as this lesser Egyptian jerboa.
A long-tailed pangolin, one of the highly arboreal pangolin species.
I was excited to see this Potamogale, or giant otter shrew, a semi-aquatic tenrec.
An African brush-tailed porcupine.
An ivory-billed woodpecker, almost certainly extinct.
I wouldn't get my hopes up too much.
An eastern ground parrot.
A gray peacock pheasant. Galliforms are crazy.
Speaking of crazy extravagance, an entire display case of birds of paradise.
A regal-looking king vulture.
Tadpoles of the paradoxical frog, which become shorter as they age.
A resplendent quetzal, the most magnificent of trogons, and a plum-throated cotinga.
Some silky anteaters, the smallest and most adorable anteaters.
A southern (or double-wattled) cassowary.
The skeleton of a potto, a strange nocturnal primate that uses the elongate neural spines on its neck as weapons.
A model of a dodo. (Not a taxidermied dodo; those, unfortunately, do not exist.)
A scaly-headed Archaeopteryx model. It... could be worse.
A cast of the London Archaeopteryx. I should visit the home institution of the original at some point.
Fragmentary Iguanodon (or more likely Mantellisaurus?) fossils.
Oh, it's that Oligokyphus model.
In addition to being a natural history museum, the Bristol Museum is also an art gallery. However, I will leave it up to the true art connoisseurs to tackle that side of things.