Astronomy Day at the Cleveland Natural History Museum

A couple of weekends ago, my friend Christianne and I went to the Cleveland Natural History Museum for Astronomy Day. Why?  Because we’re space nerds.  It was awesome!!  We spent several hours there and didn’t even see everything.  I hadn’t been there since I was in the 6th grade, and it’s definitely changed quite a bit from my memory.

If you get a chance to go there before it leaves, the Poison exhibit is incredible!  I loved going through all the different plants, creatures, and stories of the different poisons.  They even had displays about how and what kind showed up in fairy tails and stories – both new and old – and even about witches brews and how someone tried them.  It was so fun to play with the interactive exhibits in there as well!

The gem and stone collection there is also huge.  We spent quite a bit of time checking those out, we stood on the earth quake simulator, and of course we had to check out the dinosaurs (which, truth be known, is the only part of the museum I remembered).

They’re currently building an outdoor area with some animals to check out, so we did walk through there and there’s apparently going to be more new things coming as well.

As for the astronomy portion, we played some games, talked with some astronomy clubs, watched a documentary about black matter in the planetarium, and then the highlight of the day:  we were able to go into the observatory and check out the telescope!  We hope to go back when it’s open again to view the night sky from the observatory.   🙂

We definitely had a blast and I think we both plan to go back!  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Poison Exhibit or even the museum in general, you’re definitely missing out!!



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