There was also a real dinosaur bone that you could touch!
We then wandered through more of the stuffed animals (which Natalie said was her favorite part). I remember thinking that the animals were really neat when I was younger but the whole time I was there this time I just kept thinking of what a waste it was to kill these animals to put them in a museum. There was a lion with 4 baby cubs that had to be less than a week old. Brian did read a sign that talked about it and most of the animals were brought to the museum before the existence of zoos. So the only way people could see exotic animals was this way. Some of the animals were killed because they were predators and a problem in a specific region. Then the animals were donated to the zoo. Others were killed for the purpose of putting them in the museum. The animals that are more recent (like one of their panda bears) were ones that died for whatever reason in a zoo and then stuffed and given to the museum. That made me feel slightly better! Ok, getting off my soapbox.
We headed back upstairs to see the gems because Brian said Noah was really interested in rocks. N2 were not impressed by the gems. I was! After that it was time to go home. There is a family play lab that is only open Thursday-Monday and maybe it would have been more fun for N2 if we had gone on a day that it was open. Oh well, next time!