Harvard Natural History Museum

I told you about one field trip during our staycation, but I’ve been lazy about posting the photos from our other field trip. The Harvard Natural History Museum is free for Massachusetts residents on Sunday mornings. We braved a blustery, snowy day and just squeaked in at 11:45. Then we were warm and were able to check out the star attraction, the glass flowers. Everything you’re about to see in the following photos (’til I tell you) is made of glass. Really.

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Wait, uh-oh. An out-of-order photo. Ok, first, you pay. Then you have to walk up three flights of stairs, stopping to see this along the way.

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And then there’s a small section of humming birds.

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Ok, now we’re into the flowers. Yen was deeply annoyed that the lighting in this place was inconveniently overhead, causing all of the little dots you see in the photos. “It should all be lit from the side!” he kept grumbling.

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Yep, all made of glass. The pollen, the leaves, the roots…

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Even these little cactus needles are glass. And while you’re marveling, consider this: these were all handmade in the 19th century.

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Sometimes they had to invent new enamels to get the colors just right, as on these Maple leaves.

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Here are the tools used to make the flowers. Or, I’m sure there are a lot more than this. But this is an example of a workstation.

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After you’re all flowered out (which takes me about 20 minutes – for Mom it would be more like three hours), you emerge again and get to see the skeletons of three extinct birds: a great auk, a dodo, and a moa.

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Then, you know… a lot of random animals.

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Is this an echidna? [Update 2/25 – Mom says it’s a kiwi, and I need to go back to school.]

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Sorry, Dad!

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Yen says, “Let’s take a photo of you with your relatives.”

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Here’s my honey badger with a honey badger. Give them some scraps!

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This is a little Dia de los Muertos exhibit. Roo would have loved it.

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And I just love a diorama.

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Last, here’s Sitting Bull and a few of his personal effects.

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