Went into the Natural History Museum today, I hadn’t been there since I was a little kid. I didn’t remember much from that visit, other than standing in line to see the Hope Diamond – which I skipped on this trip. All the flags at the museums and monuments were flying at half mast in honor of Ted Kennedy.
The entrance to the Natural History Musuem is so impressive with the rotunda and the elephant greeting you as you walk in. I also really enjoyed the Sant
Ocean Hall. I think it has been relatively recently rennovated, the exhibits are very up to date and topical with a focus on human impacts on the ocean.
A real highlight of the museum is the live butterfly pavilion. You enter a tube-like room which is full of flowers and butterflies are flying all around you. They also have fruit out where you can watch the butterflies feeding. The butterflies are from all over the world and they are purchased in chrysalli and hatched out in the museum so none of them are collected from the wild. As you exit they have a wall of mirrors where they ask you to look yourself over to make sure there are no butterfly hitchhikers on your clothes.
Another visit to the museum is planned for the near future, becuase they have a special Darwin exhibit set to open on September 12.