Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ancient History Visit

A couple of weeks ago daddy had a day off of work so we decided to make a trip to Ann Arbor and visit the Natural History Museum and the Archaeological Museum on the campus of the University of Michigan. If you live in the area, these are great museums to visit. They are small enough that no one complained of to much walking or being tired and at no point was anyone bored.

Our first stop was the Archaeological Museum. It was perfect! One of the first things we spotted was a sarcophagus of an Egyptian mummy. Since we did Creation to the Greeks last year, we spent a healthy amount of time "in Egypt" and a vast amount of time discussing mummies. The kids thought it was really neat to see an actual "coffin".

Imagine their delight when they rounded the corner and saw an infant mummy! There was also a mummy of a cat.

After exploring the Ancient Egypt section, we found ourselves in an Ancient Rome section. How perfect is that? We have recently finished our study of Ancient Rome. There were all kinds of different relics and carvings but the kids really liked this bust of Augustus Caesar. We spent WEEKS reading a book called Augustus Caesar's World in which we learned all kinds of information about him.

Here is a bust of a "Roman Women". Nothing exceptionally amazing about it except I thought it was really beautiful.

The Natural History Museum was interesting, though none of my photographs turned out very good. There was an entire floor about dinosaurs. The skeletons were amazing, though keep in mind that everywhere we looked there were signs discussing how many billions and millions of years old the dinos were. If, like us, you are trying to teach your kids about a young earth and deal with biblical time lines, it was a bit confusing to them. They also had an exhibit about evolution. Of course we have talked to the girls about this theory....that it is only a theory of some scientists.

It was a great day and I loved being able to see some items from ancient historical times we have studied.

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