A day at the Museum of Natural History
If you are a native New Yorker like myself, you were most likely taken to this museum as a child, during a school trip and barely remember anything besides the dinosaurs. A brief history; the museum was founded in 1869, making it 148 years old! Their mission statement is “to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe.” Pretty cool right? The American Museum of Natural History is also one of the largest museums in the world. I got to explore the museum recently as an adult, with my boyfriend, Angel, and it was really fun.
Every year the museum has The Butterfly Conservatory Exhibition. This is a chance for us to see how the butterflies live, the environment they need to survive and what they feed on. Butterflies are part of the Lepidoptera family and as we all know; they start off as caterpillars and then evolve into beautiful butterflies. As I was doing some research on butterflies, I found that monarch butterflies are facing extinction. If you wish to do extensive research you will find many articles from 2016 on this topic. Most articles state that within 20 years we may not see any flying around do to the environment, etc. I suggest everyone to take advantage of seeing these beautiful creatures while they are in the city!
The butterfly on the top right hand side is an Adult Male. He looks like an owls eye!
We even got butterflies to land on our hands! It was so cool and you can barely feel the butterfly legs on you.
This exhibit looks amazing, as if someone just cut out a little chunk of Cuba and placed it inside the museum. The first time I went to Cuba in 2010, it was carnival season in Gibara. I went with my father which was his first time back in Cuba since he came to the USA. It is completely different from the experience I have heard people have when going to Havana. Yes you see all the beautiful cars, but in Gibara, no one drives them! The streets are too messed up and can probably pop a tire. Viewing this exhibit bought me back the memories of the sweet smelling air, the beautiful art, museums, listening to the live bands, everything! If you ever want to visit a little piece Cuba while you’re in New York, this is the place to be. If you want Cuban food, I’ll save that for another post.
While at the museum, we also took advantage of going to see the Mummies exhibit and the Dark Space exhibit. You are not allowed to take pictures in either of the two but you get to learn so much from the experience. The Mummies Exhibit had artifacts from Egypt to Peru with some CAT scan images to show what is under the wraps. Really interesting exhibits. There were also models as to how a teenage boy's face/ head would look at that time in Egypt. The Dark Space exhibit touched on topics such as how the earth became the way it is now and how scientist were able to see what was outside of earth's stratosphere through microscopes. Both very interesting exhibits.
Hope if you guys go to the museum soon and you have as much fun as I did!
Stay tuned for other museum visits.