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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge, MA

After some pancakes and bacon.....off to the Harvard Museum of Natural History!

Easily still one of my favorite places in the Greater Boston Area. I loved the first time I went there, and still enjoy it. I just don't get tired of the exhibits there, and I always learn something new.

Don't get me wrong, it is a small museum, but there are a lot of amazing things in it, that I haven't seen elsewhere. (Tapeworms from the stomachs of Boston Socialites!!!!)

There was a new permanent exhibit:

(Also known as "Creepy Crawlies!")

I loved it! I love BUGS! I always have. I would spend hours as a child both in Mississippi and Japan catching everything I could with my little net, putting it in my designed-especially-to-hold-bug carrier: an aqua blue camera! (Yes, a camera...go figure...those crafty Japanese!) It was like mesh, but plastic, and where the camera "lens" should be there was a plastic window to see the bugs closer, the front would slide open to put them in, and later to let them out. (I was an easily amused child.)

I was also thrilled to see the special exhibit that I had been dying to see for months: Sea Creatures in Glass. (By the same father and son team, The Blaschkas, that did the glass flowers that are on permanent display at the HMNH.)

Here is a blurb about the glass sea creatures:
Sea Creatures in Glass
Through January 4, 2009

Many years before they were commissioned by Harvard University to make the “Glass Flowers,” father and son artists Leopold and Rudolph Blaschka meticulously shaped glass and wire into lifelike models of marine animals.

This new exhibition features dozens of these spectacular glass animals, many on display for the first time since Harvard acquired them around 1878. Combined with video, real scientific specimens, a recreation of the Blaschka’s studio, and a rich assortment of memorabilia, these models of marine invertebrates offer intriguing insights into the history, personality, and artistry of the extraordinary men who created them.

I would recommend going purely for the sights they offer, and in this recent heat spell we have had, the A/C in the museum feels pretty awesome.

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