Thursday, June 13, 2013

Behind the Scenes: Natural History Museum

My first day in the city, I totally planned to go to MoMA, since I'd gone to the Natural History Museum when I was a kid.  But it turned out that Ellie could give us a back stage peak at the mammalogy department, so we switched things up and were definitely glad we did!

Her office had a mascot named...Suzie or something, I'm terrible but I forget.  She is the lion with the bow :)  And she gave us a tour of the back library and storage area.

All of the field notes from the hundred-some years of the museum's existence are up in this room.  It was so crazy to be among such a history.  It felt like we were going back in time.

We made it up into the attic of one of the biggest buildings in NYC (crazy, right?!), to what they call the "elephant graveyard."  Back in the day if you brought animal bones back from your travels, your trip would be partially paid for, so the museum has tons of elephant bones from safaris that are just lining the attic walls!  It was eerie!

And I leave you with a super old sperm whale tooth.  Your welcome!

1 comment:

  1. Bah! So big! That's awesome you were able to look back there. So sneaky. ;)

    xo Lisa
    Making Life's Lemons