Denver Museum of Nature and Science

2010-11-07T18:17:59.723-07:00

DSC_0038 A bit delayed writing this article, but its been a crazy couple of weeks. Back in October (the 16th to be exact) I went to visit some friends in Denver and being a bit of a science nerd the Denver Museum of Nature and Science was the number one place on my list of places to visit.

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I knew I was in for a treat when I saw how the parking garage had been decorated.

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11 and 25 year old me suddenly said in unison across time, "Awwwww yeah."

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If you have ever visited Denver you would know that this is one of 25 angles you can take a picture of the city and it looks attractive.

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Occasionaly a lens flare in a photo is ok.. usually its a big no no (ahem.. J.J. Abrams...).

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This is the first thing you see when you enter the museum. Considering that I didn't trade in my dinosaur shirts for Star Wars until I was 13 and still have a storage tube full of dinosaur posters.. you can imagine how my friends were embarrassed as my camera started clicking away. #Iama25YearoldAdultHonest

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The most efficient way to move through the museum is from top to bottom so first thing was going up the escalators.

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First up was the small Egyptian exhibit. I am more of a Norse, Celtic, and Byzantine man myself but Egypt is still pretty interesting.

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I am told that Egyptian Otaku would wait for hours in line for the latest models of their favorite figures.

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If they were lucky they could get entire sets with scenery of their favorite figures. Pictured: Egyptian K-On.


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Matt factoid of the day: Before discovering computer science and programming I was studying to be an Archeologist which is why I took German I and II in Highschool because many research papers are written in German.

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After the Egyptian exhibit was an extensive taxedermy exhibit. I have mixed feelings about this... I would prefer to see these animals in a zoo but they did an amazing job on these dioramas.

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In Nebraska you can see these (Sandhill Cranes) every spring and late fall when they migrate.

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Apparently there are hidden "gnomes" and occasionally butterflies or beatles will move in the dispays... I didn't see any though.

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When I see stuffed animals that are this cute I always have to tell myself that they were died naturally.. even though I doubt that it is true...

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So there was this whole exhibit of Gemstone figures which sounded cool.. until you actually saw them... most were shitty characatures like this.. or worse. A real waste of beautiful stone if you ask me.

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I can only imagine how hard it was to trap these wild mushrooms.

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Back across the escalater area, heading to the prehistoric exhibit.

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They start you off on the small stuff.

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But then things get considerably larger...


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Whenever I saw sandstone and the like when I was little I always secretly hoped that I would find something like this, but never did :/

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Heading to the Dinosaur area you get a brief preview of what comes after.

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Here there be dragons.. er dinosaurs.

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Much like forests today, during the prehistoric era there were just fucking bones every where. I mean you couldn't get into a decent dinosaur MMA match without hitting a rotting dinosaur corpse...

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Moving into the larger mammels.

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I don't know what these two are up to...

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This was a pretty sweet re-creation.

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You can't tell from the picture but this thing was huge.. like it reminded me of Lord Okkoto from Princess Mononoke big.

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This guy loves his job... he is one of the luckiest men in the world. 


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Also these people.

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Next up was the extensive mineral collection. This was a really stunning exhibit.. and being a bit rock hound myself.. I took a few pictures...

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One thing I learned is that taking pictures of minerals can be pretty difficult. When they are good, the picture looks great, when you get it wrong.. its way wrong. The really shiny minerals posed the most difficult to photograph.

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I love how the sulfur is encased in an additional container...



He he.. it smells like farts..

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Natural grown dice.

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I love how sometimes nature really out does even the human imagination. I mean could you even fathom that shit like this occurs naturally?

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This would be the stone used to create R'lyeh.

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This sucker was almost impossible to photograph.. throws light in every direction and there were lots of nose smudges on the glass... which wouldn't come off even with lense cleaner... thats right... I was in a museum cleaning the glass so I could take a picture...

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Seeing these gemstones in their raw state makes me really sad at how cheap and generic they look when cut. Raw minerals FTW!!

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I mean seriously... which is more impressive.. the pink cube growing out of raw rock or the overly perfect, facited stone that some asshole spent all his time trimming out of what had been a natural wonder. Man.. fuck gemstone jewelry.

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Can you imagine what it would be like to be an early human stumbling on something like this? It is no wonder they believed in jewel encrusted underworlds and other realms.

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Last up was the science exhibit which I saw after seeing Hubble 3D which was a really cool 3d iMax movie. If you get a chance to see it check it out.. it is mind bending.

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Thought this was cool, illuminated orb that alternated between various images of planets and the sun, etc.

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After a extended trip to the gift shop (full of stinky children) it was nice to get out into the grounds outside.

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 Colorado had a few cases where it was pretty picturesque. It almost made up for the shitty drive and worst rest stops in the world once you leave Nebraska and enter Colorado...

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Almost....  Seriously once you hit the "Welcome to Colorado Sign" it looks like this till you hit Denver and the rest stops were designed by someone who hates cleanliness, timeliness, and dogs. But maybe I am spoiled, I have been told that Nebraska
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So that was the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. If you ever find yourself in Denver, or happen to live there and have never visited, I give it top marks and really suggest you check it out. I promise more articles on board games and anime figures soon... really... I will get back on track. Probably.



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