Virginia Life Museum

[Here’s a fantastic trip that was free because we purchased the VAM membership.]

It was one of those places the kids could just let go and explore.

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A wonderful elderly man toured us through a whole arm of the museum, telling us all sorts of stories about hurricanes in 1938 and morning doves who like to peck at his arm when he’s wearing short sleeves.

Even though we’d just been to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, this small aquarium held all sorts of wonder for the children. They seemed closer, more personally engaged with the animals.

fish

Brad got really close to a rare python. ~grin~

brad-snake

There were plenty of drawers to open,

drawer

things to look through (literally),

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and spaces to crawl in.

turtle

We even got to walk through a special exhibit on Microbes (you know, germs).

Do you remember seeing these peculiar masks? They were actually used by doctors during the Great Plague in Europe–the “beaks” are stuffed with herbs and spices thought to keep the germs at bay.

plague-doctor

If only seeing germs was as easy as seeing white microbes under a black light.

microbes

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is that I get to see the “connections” the children make in what they’ve learned already and real life. Here, Brooke points out a sign written in Braille. We learned about braille last fall in our Seeing/Eyes unit.

braille

All the kids just had to touch the sign.

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One response to “Virginia Life Museum

  1. I’ll have to keep it in mind if we travel that way. Looks like a great place to explore!

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