Though I work today in the Natural Sciences, for most of my life I was actually a comic book geek who grew up readings Marvel comics, working in comic stores and of course watching cartoons on Saturday mornings…and early on a favourite was the Superfriends. The stories of DC comic’s top guns- Superman, Batman and the rest of the Justice league- operating out of one of the coolest looking buildings ever, ‘The Halls of Justice’, was good fun when you were a kid. Imagine my surprise then when I discovered the iconic home of the Justice League was based on a real building, and even better, it today houses a natural history museum.
It must be said my first impression of the MNHS was decidedly underwhelming. It’s not that it was bad, it was more that is was indifferent. The opening foyer is a collection of somewhat unrelated displays tied to a very strange looking art deco room. From one spot you can see a very nice Mastodon, what looked like a traveling carnival, if I recall correctly a NASA spacesuit, a snarling grizzly and a smallish animatronic sauropod.
|Castoroides, or giant beaver|
|spot the wall to see how well they have created the Horizon|
|The horizon effect is absolutely stunning|
The Museum is open:
Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
|Smilodon family at rest|