Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Day at the Museum

On Friday, we went on a field trip with one of our homeschool groups. We went to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and  saw the film Animalopolis (very funny), toured the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit, and went through the insect and butterfly areas of the museum.

a reproduction of one of the warriors

Alex by some of the warriors in the gift area -you can see how they are in different positions. They also each have a different face!

The guard at the end of the tour explained to our kids that the warriors were actually brightly painted! The color has been fading as they dig up the warriors. However, MOST of the warriors are still buried and they've now found a way to preserve the paint in the future.

Here's a poster about Forensic Entomology that I shared more about  on my new nature blog,

Alex and the other children LOVED playing this insect quiz game. We could hardly get them away!
(The grownups, too.)
 There were LOTS of butterflies out this day. They were so beautiful and it was so peaceful.

I was surprised to find this beautiful millipede AND a toad! One of the volunteers was concerned, too, but when he asked another volunteer he was told they sometimes allow "other" creatures in the butterly habitat to keep the ant population in check.

I really enjoyed talking with this volunteer.

Here's the walking stick he was holding.

And, this reminds me of our nature journals! It says "Before photography, entomologists drew their subjects."
I mentioned on my other blog that if I ever go back to college, I want to be an entomologist. I just find insects so fascinating and wish I would have realized that when I was younger! But, I'm enjoying them now.


Jimmie said...

You two are CONSTANTLY doing fun things! I LOVE the terracotta soldiers! Seeing them in person was one of the highlights of my time in China!

live4evermom said...

I love that museum. Can't wait to go back to the butterfly exhibit.

Sybille said...

Oh, great! And we love the pictures of Maria Sibylla Merian.

Donna said...

You take absolutely the BEST pictures!
We love the one of the walking stick!!!!!
We just finished our study of China, so it was great to see pictures of the warriors.
You two always have such great adventures : )

Robin said...

GB just told me that he desperately wants to go to China one day. And so I asked him what he'd want to see. And he told me that he'd want to see the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors. So your post is quite timely.
The gentleman with the walking stick is just huggable! I can just tell by the picture that he loves his job; especially when he has a captive audience....LOL!

Tonya @ Live the Adventure said...

We were able to see the Terra Cotta soldiers in Atlanta and really enjoyed the exhibit. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! Love those- and if you ever want to link up to Field Trip Friday, just stop back! Blessings.:)

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