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Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History – Flowers collection

Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History – Flowers collection

At Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History, there is a unique Glass Flowers collection, which includes nearly 4,000 models of over 800 different plant species. Professor George Goodale, founder of Harvard’s Botanical Museum, wanted to teach botany with life-like flowery creations instead of the crude wax models that were common...

Marsh’s Free Museum in Long Beach

Marsh’s Free Museum in Long Beach

As a museologist (meaning someone who has paid a lot of money to study museums) you’d think I’d call the Marsh’s Free Museum in Long Beach, WA a junky tourist trap. But I saw the same kind of stuff at several museums in the UK, which considered themselves to be...

Museum of Natural History, Oxford, England

Museum of Natural History, Oxford, England

Today is the 180th birthday of one Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll. Did you know he studied and taught at Oxford? Well, he spent so much time visiting the Museum of Natural History there that one of their objects may have influenced a character in Alice’s Adventures in...

Kentucky Horse Park

Kentucky Horse Park

With the exception of the horse-drawn delivery vehicles at the Thrasher Carriage Museum in Maryland and the sculpted wooden horses on display at the Museum of Fairground Art in Paris, the blog has not really paid much attention to the mammal known as the horse. Did you know there is...

Dolly the Sheep – Edinburgh Museum, Scotland

Dolly the Sheep – Edinburgh Museum, Scotland

Fifteen years ago today, Dolly the Sheep was born. Now stuffed and on display at the Edinburgh Museum, Dolly began her life at the Roslin Institute as a cell from a sheep donor’s mammary gland, hence the name. You might have heard of the famously busty country western singer Dolly...

Sam the Koala, Australia

Sam the Koala, Australia

It’s already tomorrow in Australia. Or maybe it’s tomorrow tomorrow. Did you know the land down under is home to over 150 BIG things? Most are tourist traps and roadside attractions, but it’s interesting nonetheless. I don’t know…it kind of makes me want to go to Australia now. Sculptor Ben...

Milwaukee Public Museum

Milwaukee Public Museum

These creepy crawlies got nothing on the thousands of dust mites that live in your pillowcase and bedsheets. Sweet dreams. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.

Grant Museum of Zoology – Micrarium

Grant Museum of Zoology – Micrarium

About two years ago the Grant Museum of Zoology, the only remaining university zoological museum in London, converted an old office/storeroom into a beautiful back-lit cave displaying 2,323 of the tiniest specimens in its collection. The slides show whole small animals (don’t forget that 95% of known animal species are...

De Lat Crazy House, Vietnam

De Lat Crazy House, Vietnam

It’s time to go to Vietnam and visit the De Lat Crazy House, which can be best summarized as Gaudi meets Alice in Wonderland meets Antarctica. The exterior is full of twisting concrete shapes that look like tree trunks and caves. There are irregular-sized windows and secret staircases. But the...

Taxidermy Museum – Torah Animal World, Brooklyn

Taxidermy Museum – Torah Animal World, Brooklyn

If you’re still crying over the death of Cecil the Lion, well, then this next one might leave you in tears of confusion. Yes, inside a Hasidic Rabbi’s house in Brooklyn’s Borough Park is a taxidermy museum called Torah Animal World. Every animal mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and Talmud...

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