June 26, 2003
The Wildlife Center & Woods Garden is like a mini-zoo attached to the museum. All the animals looked very healthy and comfortable in their spacious environments. It was a wonderful exhibit to walk through. You get to see the animals in their native environment and the exhibit is shaded by trees. My favorite was the two otters who swam around playing together. There was also a pair of foxes that seemed to be having some fun running around inspecting the gal who was in their area raking the ground. There are several benches where you can rest and sit back and watch the animals if you need a break. The bald eagle is very impressive and he has a huge nest built for him up in the tree.
We found the dinosaur exhibit, standard to almost all natural history museums, in the Kirtland Hall of Prehistoric Life. There were a few dinosaur skeletons we had not see before such as the Allosaurus which seemed like smaller version of a T-Rex.
The Wade Gallery of Gems and Jewelry has a unique collection of gemstones. One of the people we met told us that the man who donated the diamond collection used to carry around colored diamonds in his pockets at all times and then when he died he donated them to the museum. That had me curious to see the exhibit and indeed there were a variety of colored diamonds which I did not even know existed. There is also a sparkling exhibit of opals in all their various colors.
Outside the main entrance of the museum they have "Steggie" which is a life-sized Stegosaurus sculpture that all the kids like to climb on as if she were a jungle gym.
We only spent an hour and a half at the museum so we did not get to see it in its entirety. Also available is the Shafran Planetarium where you can watch a sky show of the night sky at this time of year. Tickets for the planetarium show were $3.00 additional to the cost of admission.
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