Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Natural History Museum

I'm embarrassed to admit that I had never been to the Natural History Museum. Clara has, multiple times, with school, camp, a playdate...but any time I have thought about going, I always imagined it would be too crowded, and I end up taking her to the Met. But this week, after our London trip, I realized that I have made more of a cultural effort in every town but my own, and I was determined to make it there. We had a doctor appointment in the city, so we decided to go afterwards, close to closing time at the museum. It was magical, and I think a big part of why it was so great is because it wasn't crowded. There were no school field trips, it wasn't a weekend--it was 4:30 on a weekday, and we had the place almost to ourselves. And, it was so late, they gave us the tickets for free! We had such a blast, and were so inspired, that we decided to go back two days later when we had dinner plans in the city. (Although this time we didn't get in for free.) Since we only had about an hour each visit, we planned what we were going to see on each visit, and now we know what we have to go back and check out. I think the most exciting thing of all was hearing Clara exclaim how much she loves science, as we were looking at the petrified wood, and how she wants me to find science dvds, so she can learn more. 


  1. Sounds lovely. Have you seen the movie "earth"? My tot really likes it. It's rated G, though it does contain some scenes of the "I'm higher on the food chain" type. The cameras move away before things get bad. I'm the type of Mom that would rather my kiddo see Mother Nature than a curvy 9 year old in a seashell bra though. I think there is a new one about sea life by the same folks....

  2. i haven't seen it, but i'll get it. clara likes pretty much anything that isn't scary or too dramatic. she watches lots of fishing shows with her dad, so i bet she'd be game. thanks!

  3. Yeah, such a great place. I basically grew up in this museum (esp. the room with the big blue whale hanging from the ceiling!), & wish we could get there more often now with our boys.