Contributed by Tanya S.
I must have been to the Museum of Natural History more then a dozen times on school trips when I was a kid. But, as an adult, I have never visited the Museum. It is not that I didn’t want to go. I just had ‘I’ll do it later’ mentality. The Museum will always be there, I told myself, you can go another time. But with a friend in town, I had the perfect excuse.
I had heard about the previous frog show from a friend. In glass cases, throughout the exhibit, are different species of frogs. My favorites were the poison dart frogs. Small brightly colored frogs secrete a poisonous venom through their skin. People capture these frogs and rub darts on their skin to make the darts poisonous. If kept airtight, these darts can remain poisonous for a year. Luckily, these frogs were not poisonous. They are bred in Pennsylvania. As it turns out, the frogs themselves do not make poison. When they eat a certain type of ant, the ant becomes poisonous in their system so they have to dispel the poison through their skin. Good to know, but if I see one loose, I still won’t pick it up.
The World’s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit was okay. It was interesting to stand next to an outline of a dinosaur and see how small I really am in comparison. I also learned that a brontosaurus has a set of lungs as well as two air sacs to store air, enabling him to have a constant flow of fresh air even when he is breathing out. This exhibit was more geared towards children and was interactive with a sand pit to dig in, a heart you can pump and other touch oriented activities.
I also walked throughout the rest of the museum checking out fossils and dioramas. It was fun to revisit what I had seen as a small child and appreciate all the museum had taught me. It bought back a lot of memories and made a new memory of time spent with my friend, that I will always cherish.
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