Yesterday you read all about our adventures in bones and taxidemied animals and as promised, I am going to show you a few of the pictures I took the in the Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery at the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
From their website:
Earth & Planetary Sciences Gallery
This renovated gallery displays thousands of rare minerals and sparkling gemstones in both rough and cut examples, including a 1,600-pound amethyst geode from Brazil. Exhibits highlight new research and offer a broad overview of the dynamic processes and events that formed our planet and that have shaped its continuing evolution. Visitors can touch rock and mineral specimens that date back to the beginning of our solar system. Uncover mysteries of our planet’s origins revealed in ancient meteorites and terrestrial rock containing some of the oldest minerals on Earth, zircon crystals that have survived intact for 4.3 billion years!
Here is the 1,600 pound amethyse geode:
The thing was ginormous!
We were absolutely amazed by all the rocks, minerals and gems they had on display at the museum.
There were cases and cases of smaller rocks to look at, too.
There were even some space rocks on display.
I know I said it yesterday, but if you live in the area and have never been there, it’s an awesome museum and most definitley worth a visit. My boys are already asking when we’re going back.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History is located at 26 Oxford Street in Cambridge, MA. They are open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Here’s how much the tickets will run you:
General admission (includes all exhibits):
Non-Harvard Students with I.D.: $10.00
Seniors (65+): $10.00
Children ages 3–18: $8.00
Children under 3: Free
But get this – the museum is FREE to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to noon and on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (September through May) – just be prepared to show your ID.