A visit to the Museum of Natural History

When we had our whirlwind trip to NYC a couple of months ago for my dad’s memorial service, one of the things that Q wanted to do most was to visit the Museum of Natural History. He was very excited at the possibility of visiting there, as it was featured on an episode or two of Wild Kratts, as well as the Night at the Museum movies (but mostly because of the Wild Kratts, ha).

Before we went, he had already made a list of the things that he wanted to see. His two big ones were the dodo bird and the Tasmanian tiger. He knew these about these animals at the museum from, you guessed it, the Wild Kratts. He was determined not to leave until we’d seen them, so the quest would be on.

We pulled up in our cab and climbed out, and the big statue and the lions were the first thing we saw. Q was so excited and could hardly wait to have his picture taken.

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Pictures were taken and then we headed inside and were greeted by a dinosaur. So exciting!

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Then it was into the Hall of Modern Mammals. Q decided that he wanted to take the pictures while we were at the museum, and as his camera battery had died the night before, he wanted to use my cell phone. He had recently taken an interest in photography, and I was more than happy to encourage that. He even tried his hand at a selfie with a lion.

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From this point on, almost all of the pictures were taken by Q. Looking back on them, I was really impressed!

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I love this picture of me with the African elephants.

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I think the one he took turned out better than the one I took, haha.

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Then it was time to wander around the hall of mammals, where Q took pictures of the animals that interested him, including the porcupine in a tree, the leopard and the armadillo family.

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We could not believe how big the giant clam shell was, especially compared to Q.

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Next, we headed upstairs to search for the Dodo bird. This was one of his must-sees, so there was no way we were leaving without finding it. And find it we did! Q could barely contain his excitement. It was exactly how he had seen it on Wild Kratts and seeing it in person was awesome.

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Next up came the hall of sea life. Walking in, we were greeted by this giant, life sized blue whale.

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The hall had this really neat tree of life.

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Q and my mom looked SO tiny compared to the blue whale.

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There was a ton of stuff to read and learn

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He thought it was cool to see what ate what. Like this polar bear hunting the penguin.

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Or the sperm whale vs giant squid battle.

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Or the pod of hunting dolphins.

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Next we headed upstairs to look at the prehistoric animals and the dinosaurs. We still hadn’t found the Tasmanian Tiger and Q was determined to see it. We figured that if it was going to be anywhere, the hall of dinosaurs and extinct animals would be the place. 

We saw a bunch of really neat dinosaurs, like this duck-billed beauty.

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Or this neat frilled one

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This is an early relative of the elephant. 

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How big must this dinosaur have been to have had a one this big? It was HUGE!

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This skeleton was part of the Night at the Museum movies. They actually had a tour of the big places and exhibits featured in the movies, but we didn’t have enough time to visit them all. 

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Q did a project on sun bears when he was in Kindergarten, and so he was very excited to see what they looked like in person. 

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Watch out, man, the mammoth is charging! 

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In the end, we were unable to find the Tassy tiger, which bummed Q out. We asked several staff members, and in the end, came to the conclusion that it was just not out on display at that time. We were only able to see maybe a quarter of the exhibits, if that, due to time constraints. There were so many amazing things there, and I honestly cannot wait to take Q again sometime. There was so much we didn’t see, it will be a whole new experience! Next time we will find that Tasmanian Tiger. 

We had an amazing time, and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting NYC in the future. 

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