Saturday, April 04, 2009

Show & Tell #31

We went on a family outing today that I think is one of the hidden treasures in our area, the Harvard Natural History Museum.

We have gone here many, many times and the exhibits do not change that much, but it is a fascinating museum, especially for children. I remember taking Michael when he was Willow's age, and her eyes lit up just the same as his did. We put her in the umbrella stroller, and she was excited to see the mammal exhibits...pointing to a red fox on display--saying "kitty caa" (so far this is her only "real" word and it is used for all animals).

And, as usual, Michael was brimming with excitement and pointing out all the animals and dinosaur skeletons--I especially like how he likes to makes me close my eyes so he can steer me (while I am pushing a stroller no less) towards an especially "scary" exhibit--so that I can open my eyes at the right point to be "scared" (which I proceed feign--and still at 10 years old--he doesn't realize that I am not really scared).

I especially like looking at the skeletons of the ice age creatures like the Giant Ground Sloth or the mastedon. Also, having skeletons of Sperm Whales above your heads is pretty darn cool too! Michael and I were both fascinated at the exitinct animal exihibit--it is amazing to see creatures and imagine what they were like--and a bit bittersweet to realize that humans have caused much of the extinction.

The funny thing about today's outing--it was a spur of the moment change of plans that brought us to the museum--and we had a blast!

Just for fun...here is a creepy exhibit picture (I did not take it):



Okay, this doesn't look ANYTHING like the cute pet chinchilla's we used to have!!





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16 comments:

Fertilized said...

Sounds like Fun!

*We told Austin the Easter Bunny was Kitty .. Kitty is used for all animals here too

Queenie. . . said...

Here's the really sad thing: I grew up an hour from there, and lived in Boston for 5 years, and had NO idea Harvard even had a natural history museum!!! Thanks for introducing me.

infertilityrocks said...

Sounds like a fun outing! I used to love to go to the Chicago Museum of Natural History...especially the part with the mummies!!!!

Parenthood For Me said...

Thats great you have a museum like that close to home

Bottoms Off said...

I LOVE museums. Sounds like you had a fun day.

JuliaS said...

I haven't been to a museum in ages . . . I would have loved to been there with you!

chicklet said...

I'm not a museum fan but the pics look pretty cool:-)

Beautiful Mess said...

I love museums like these! Especially when it's in your town and you just happened to go there. Glad you had a great time.

beebles said...

i do love museums...i can't wait until my little one is barely old enough to go because i WILL be going to the children's museum as much as possible....

Kristin said...

That sounds like a fabulous place to visit!

Billy said...

Sounds like a lovely outing, and indeed a hidden treasure.

Cara said...

It is so great to have places like that near you...we have to drive and drive and ..hell - make it a weekend to Boston. But its so worth it!

Dr. Grumbles said...

Sounds like fun! We don't have a NH museum in N.O., but I try to go to ones in other cities when I travel.

battynurse said...

That looks like a great museum. I love chincillas. That other thing though was sort of funny looking.

WiseGuy said...

Quite an outing!

And yes that poor animal looks so 'dead' - expressionless and retired!

cysteract said...

Sounds really cool to me .. I love to wisit the liverpool museum's natural history stuff

what a cute pet chin the exibit one creeps me out a little hehe

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