Natural Histories

School Field Trip number two!

 

We got to tour around with a Museum Architecture expert! It was pretty darn amazing.  The museum is massive (as expected).  We entered just as they opened and it felt like walking into Notre Dame or something. I was expecting some angels or a choir to start singing.

 

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The entrance hall! Darwin is sitting up there where an alter would be. Church to science much? (He’s the one in the middle.)

 

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BIRDS by Audubon (for whom the Audubon Society is named after).  His book the “Birds of America” is very rare and incredibly expensive.  He hand drew all 435 images.

 

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The geology gallery! It’s set up as it was when the museum opened in 1881.  It’s not the most user friendly for non-experts.  Though it shows the history of museum gallery designs.  Looks great in photos!

 

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So pretty!

 

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The Treasures gallery. It’s got 25 of the highlights of the collection with iPads to check out more info.  There’s a first edition of Darwin’s Origin of Species and Audubon’s Birds of America.  Cool skulls among other things.  The descriptions are nice but are very dependent upon tech.

 

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BEST CAPTION EVER!!!!

 

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(it’s about pygmy elephants)

 


Rating: 4/5

Pros: Amazing collection, super cool building, nice shop, lots of galleries that talk about the varied disciplines within Natural History

Cons: Super noisy and some galleries have tight quarters

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