Sunday, March 1, 2009

Museum of Natural History

This Thursday, on our way to Boston, Guy and I stopped in at the Museum of Natural History in New York City, to see the Climate Change Exhibit. It occupies six or seven rooms and outlines the history of climate change since the 1600's and especially in the 20th century, as well as demonstrating the effects of global warming in a variety of ways. Even though we were already aware of much of the information, we found the exhibit interesting, compelling, and sometimes beautiful. 

I highly recommend it for everyone -  it will probably convince those that are on the fence or haven't been interested, and it will deepen the understanding of those who have been paying attention. In the first room of the exhibit was a large, unequivocal statement on the wall to the effect that the current warming of the planet is caused by humans. 

My only caveat regards the cost of a visit to the museum: $24 for adults, $18 for seniors. I don't know the price for children and students. The ticket gets you into the whole museum, where most of the other exhibits are open to visitors, whereas the Climate Change Exhibit requires the ticket to enter. So I recommend going with time and energy to take advantage of other exhibits, spending as much time there as possible. We only had four hours between buses and weren't able to go through other amazing areas that just caught our eyes in passing: Primates, Animals of Asia, Civilizations of Asia, and much more. 

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