Sunday, April 18, 2010

The American Museum of Natural History

On the last full day that his parents were in town, we took them into New York. We had a couple of different things in mind, but the general plan was to take the train in, then the subway to the American Museum of Natural History. After that, we were going to walk a bit of Central Park, get some Italian food, take the subway over to Times Square for a bit, then head back home. We ended up cutting out Central Park, but otherwise the plan worked pretty well.

I must start off by saying that I was rather disappointed in the American Museum of Natural History. Now, I just saw the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum last summer, but it was far superior.

We saw the vast majority of the museum, although I must admit that we skipped out on the Central and South American Peoples areas. We also accidentally snuck in and saw the Snake & Lizard exhibit - on the map it cuts from one area to another, and we entered the far end. Didn't have any idea you were supposed to pay to see it until we walked out the other end and there was a guy taking tickets! That's a real shame tho - probably the worst display of snakes and lizards I had ever seen, with the exception of a microscope-ish thing you could use to zoom in on two of the lizards... I saw incredible details of their cute tiny feet!

The dinosaur floor was one of the more interesting... we say an Amyda fossil, and I promptly declared that it was the "Amy Dinosaur" - which is cool because it's a turtle.

here's my skeleton
stuff to read about my dinosaurthis moose-looking guy is a Megaloceros
the famous T-Rex
We also saw this head from Easter Island. It was hard to get a good photograph because there was a long line of people waiting to have their picture taken with it. Also, there was surprisingly little information available... like if I didn't know what it was, I'm not sure that I would have known, ya know?

World's Largest Blue Star Sapphire, donated in 1901. Found in Sri Lanka.
I like this one because it is literally named, "Lazurite Chinese Junk"
this robot makes unique pieces of artwork every six hours or something. Kinda a neat idea. Not sure what usefulness it might have in the practical world, but neat nonetheless.
I took a lot of photographs of playthings and theatre artifacts from Asian nations. Here, we have Duckbill dolls from Samoyed, an area of northern Russia where we know little about the tribes in this tundra-taiga region.

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