Visiting the American Museum of Natural History

On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, since I’m not the type to race with others to the stores, my family and I headed to the American Museum of Natural History. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon. It was quite crowded as we walked in, which is how we expected it to be, but as the exhibits vary, so did the crowds and we moved from one floor to another.

I had been to the Museum recently, with my partner on the blog, Frogs Are Green, because they have an exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, which would only be there until January, 2010, and I wanted my family to see it. This time, I brought my camera, and you’ll see in the gallery I’ve posted, I got some great shots!

While at the museum we each picked out from the multi-level floor plan, areas we wanted to see, and mapped our way around. Some of the halls visited were, Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, which is one of my favorite halls. There is a huge, dramatic whale suspended from the ceiling, and different dioramas depicting sea life in action, like a wonderful one where we see dolphins in a curve, some below and some above the water line. We also visited, North American Mammals, Hall of Biodiversity, Ross Hall of Meterorites (where you’re able to touch the largest section of a meteorite, which broke apart as it hit the Earth), Guggenheim Hall of Minerals (where you can see some really huge, I mean huge gems), Stout Hall of Asian Peoples and of course one of the biggest attractions, up on the 4th floor, the Ornithischian and Saurischian Dinosaurs. I’m not sure why, but whenever I enter this room, I always get chills. I’m not sure if it’s a reaction to how fascinating they are, or if the temperature is colder up there.

We walked around and around, and after about 4 hours, we were beat. We had only seen a small portion of what this museum has, and because the exhibits change frequently, there’s always a reason to go back. Next time, The Silk Road which is at the Museum through August 2010!

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