Thursday, April 29, 2010

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History

Last Friday we took Tyson on a special outing with just Vaughn and myself. (Taryn stayed home with Grandma Jackson). We headed to Albuquerque, NM, to the Dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum. It was the "coolest thing," Tyson said.
Right outside the museum were the two statues pictured above. Tyson had to get pictures beside both of them. He first started liking Dinosaurs about a few months back. Grandma T had sent him 4 little dinosaur books, easy fast reading ones, and he has been fascinated with them ever since.We couldn't get into the museum fast enough for Tyson. He wanted to see the T-Rex and a Stegosaurus right now! I was relieved that they had a big T-Rex right in the foyer of the exhibit.
This T-Rex was huge with menacing, large teeth. I wouldn't have wanted to be the caveman he chased around. YIKES!
The whole exhibit went through the different eras of the dinosaurs, and it explained about the land and plant life that was present when they were alive. This cave was the lava cave and it looked like we were walking over the lava. Cool stuff!
This was my favorite part of the whole thing. These are models of a Supersaurus and a mini T-Rex. They were massive and I felt like a little ant standing next to them.
Tyson liked to see all the fossils and skeletons, especially the ones with the teeth.
Yes, we found the Stegosaurus! Around this exhibit they had questions about this particular dinosaur and Tyson could answer them all. He thought he was pretty smart stuff.
I wouldn't want one of these running into my yard!
The afternoon spent at the museum was amazing, Tyson was enthralled the entire time and wanted to stay longer than the 3 1/2 hours we were there. I hope they have something similar to this museum in Knoxville for him, because he just loved looking at the dinosaurs and having us read the "facts" about them. It was fun to spend a day with him and I know he enjoyed having mom and dad all to himself. Thanks for the great time Tyson!!!