$40.99 spent at gift shop;
$29.00 for a lunch of sausages, hamburgers, chips and drinks;
$10.00 parking fee;
The experience of re-discovering this fabulous museum with my children?
Yes, we braved the heat, sun, and 45 minutes in a very long line up (don't worry, we spent the rest of the day swimming!) so we could see the newly renovated Mueum of Nature, aka 'the castle', that was six years and $216 million dollars in the making!
It was worth the wait. My boys loved it - really, what's not to love?
Christos was in his element, among all the rocks and crystals, at the Vale Earth Gallery, and he also loved the Fossil Gallery - seeing all the giant fossils and dinosaurs was really cool!
Dimitry especially loved the Water Gallery (you have to check out the real blue whale skeleton - it was massive!) but I think the highlight of his visit was the sausage he had for lunch!
I remember frequently visiting this museum as a child - with my parents, and of course, on school field trips. (My favourite section was the Mammal Gallery!) The entrance was always a highlight of my visits, too, and to see it all together again today was awesome.
One of things I love most about this city is the museums we are forturnate to have. I've blogged before about the fabulous Children's Museum we have in the Museum of Civilizations and that is one place I never tire of visiting with my boys, along with the Science and Technology Museum, The War Museum, and The Aviation Museum. Well, now we can add the Museum of Nature back on our list! (We did visit often during renovations, but it was nothing like this!)
If you haven't had a chance to visit the new Museums of Nature, I highly recommend it for the whole family - you will not be disappointed!
If you're not interested in getting a family membership, admission is only $25 for the family, or $10 for adults, and $6 for children over 3. You can enjoy the museum for free on Thursdays from 5 to 8, too, and the museum is also open on Mondays.