Yes, it is not as spectacular as the Field Museum in Chicago, but it has several points on the Field for me: 1.It does not take 3 days to drive there 2.There are no tollways between home and the destination. 3. Parking is free (not $19). 4. I can get my entire family in for the less than the cost of one admission to the Field. 5. Even on a Saturday afternoon, the LVMNH was not crowded. I love this! We can take as much or as little time as my kids please, learning about science and natural history.
The first room (not listed on their website) has a few prehistoric oddities. My son (2) thought it was awesome. My daughter (4) found it to be a little scary.
|Spiral tooth prehistoric shark|
|My daughter was certain that if this thing were alive it would eat her, and it just might have.|
|I will always check out anything remotely resembling an aquarium.|
|Frogfish, Do you see it?|
|Learning to grind wheat in Egypt|
Now for the main attraction...The Dinosaurs. And not just any dinosaurs, but dinosaurs that roar and move.
And behind the Prehistoric Life Gallery is the Young Scientist Center. It has several activities and games and on Saturday afternoons they pull out the animals and let the kids touch them.