Like most natural history museums, this one has its share of stuffed-and-posed animals. It’s an often dusty, mangy collection of taxidermy, so I suggest breezing past it quickly to get to the museum’s star attraction: its dinosaur exhibit. It showcases 35-foot long Jurassic World–quality monsters that are able to growl and move (when you push the appropriate buttons). Deductive text next to the exhibits teaches children (and adults) about their habits and the theories surrounding their extinction. Along with the dinos are rooms with live lizards, sharks and stingrays that guests can feed at certain days and times; and interactive displays that allow kids to dig for fossils as paleontologists, or pretend they’re marine biologists in a submarine. Old fashioned? Maybe. An interesting, educational way to spend an afternoon? Absolutely.
- Rick Garman