Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Michigan Museum of Natural History

When we move to a new area, one of our favorite things to do is explore and discover hidden gems around us. Our explorations of Michigan have been a bit slower since we bought a house and brought our little boy into the world. We're slowly getting out and doing things (with Baby Fox right alongside us). We're looking forward to sharing these adventures with you in the coming months!

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It was an overcast day last week when we decided to head south to Ann Arbor. Our original plans for the day were a visit to the Detroit Zoo where we have a membership. The threat of rain made us change our plans though and we decided to check out the Museum of Natural History instead. It seemed like the perfect indoor option for our day.

After a not-so-fun search for parking (hello college town) and a pit stop at Hop Cat, we finally made it to the museum. From the outside, it didn't look like anything too special. It was essentially an older looking building at the end of a typical college classroom building. When we stepped inside, that story changed. The first thing you saw was the gorgeous round ceiling that added quite a bit of character to the place.

The museum was three stories tall and featured many different exhibits, including fossils, dinosaurs, taxidermy animals, and several other cool exhibits. One thing that I love a lot was their use of children's books throughout the museum. We're big fans of reading to kids and it made my heart happy to see that the museum included them throughout the exhibits. In fact, we first learned of the museum through his book, Night Night Michigan.

I honestly wasn't sure how Baby Fox would like the museum when I first suggested it. I figured that since the cost was low (recommended $6 donation which we gave), it was worth a try. It turns out that he loved the museum - especially since several exhibits invited you to interact and touch things.

While Baby Fox was quite intrigued by the sights of the museum, I can't guarantee that it would be suitable for every baby. I do think toddlers and up would enjoy the museum though - there were so many cool things to see! The museum also does a great job of showing and explaining how they find fossils and the process of taxidermy. It truly is a great learning experience for kids of all ages (and that includes adults!).

All in all, I would say the museum was a great choice for an outing! I'm especially glad we chose to go when we did because the museum will be closing down for all of 2018 as they move to a new location. I can't wait to see what the new place looks like in 2019!

Have you been somewhere cool recently? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below!

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