Wednesday, June 12, 2013

National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C.

The National Museum of Natural History has numerous exhibitions ~ humans, mammals, aquatic life, minerals, gems, butterflies ~ so let the photos begin………… 


Easter Island Statue
 
A grizzly bear ~  who ya think would win the fight for a piece of meat?
 
A seal's perspective ~
 
Some incredible animal photography was displayed in the special exhibition room~
 
 
And you are one on 7, 064, 130, 569 people......
 
A mummy
 
Interesting fact ~ skulls from various cultures are different 
(L -> R: Native American, European, African)
 
This was Suzanne's favorite area - gems! 
The Hope Diamond.....
 
A lovely trio of sapphires and diamonds
 
A close-up of the necklace. Now seriously, wouldn't that look great on Suzanne?
 
Or perhaps this diamond neckalce........
 
Or this one, perhaps!
 
There were lots of pretty rocks that weren't jewelry too ~
 
And some gold
 
These are from a mine in Bisbee, Arizona - we were there a few years ago.
 
There was a cool solar system display
 
Oh, and a butterfly garden.  Normally the butterflies require a $6 admission per adult, but unbeknownst to use, Tuesday are free and we were there on a Tuesday. :-)
 
 
The coolest thing we took away from this museum ~ all humans are 99.9% genetically similar.  Something to think about......
 
Perspective on how big this dinosaur was: 
 
And another big guy
 
So all in all there were some interesting things,especially the building itself which was quite impressive. As with the American History Museum, however, there were a TON of people in the museum and that got a bit old for us.
Easy and affordable - no matter where you are! 

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