Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The American Museum of Natural History

I have been wanting to go to the Natural History Museum in New York since I was little. I think that natural history is fascinating and helps to give a greater appreciation for not only the world around us but also the many interesting and amazing cultures all over the world. Bryson and I had a fun time wandering around, looking at all the animals and reading about all the different cultures they have featured at the museum. We also watched a fun little movie about the life of a beaver family.

Our favorite room was the Hall of Ocean Life. When you walk in, you're greeted with low lighting and blue glass panels on the ceiling with light shining through so you feel like you are under the water. On top of that a full scale model of a blue whale (The largest known mammal in the world) in a dive position. It is wonderful and amazing! Bryson and I had a great time spending a couple hours at the museum, then headed back along Central Park to get ready for the play we were seeing that night. We didn't plan it this way, but we saw The Lion King that night and it fit so well with our lovely day at the museum. :)

Now if you're going to go to the natural history museum in New York, don't go expecting Night at the Museum, because while there are some similarities, the movie museum and the real on are very different. Although here's a fun little tidbit: The lions in the Hall of African Mammals in the movie are actually the Asian lions in the real museum, not the African ones. Isn't that fun? Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day. Enjoy!

There it is!

The main entrance to the museum.

The Hall of African Mammals!

I know the picture is a little dark, but this is the head of the life sized model of a blue whale that hangs in the Hall of Ocean Life.

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