We made it out for another trip to the Royal Ontario Museum. Nat and I just read about the rise of the New Kingdom of Egypt so I wanted to try and get back to the Egyptian area. We did, and there was only minor complaining. And Geoff came, too!
|Waiting for us to finish the coat check.|
|Tomb of a Chinese general|
|Recreation of a Roman coin hoard, probably buried around AD 70|
|Elizabeth and butterflies|
|Miriam visits the bees|
|Matching noises to woodland animals|
|All the children drawing|
Miriam and her friends the little dinosaurs.
After the kids' section, we had lunch in the cafeteria, and then returned upstairs for a quick run through the dinosaurs and ice age mammals. I didn't take pictures of the giant ground sloth, even though he's my favourite. I have lots of pics of him.
I'm really grateful that the giant sea scorpions died out hundreds of millions of years ago. We learned about them from a BBC show, Walking with Monsters. It said that they were the first large creatures with real eyes. Six feet long, and the top predators.
The above is a theropod, one of the type of dinosaurs that eventually evolved into birds. It's a model, of course. A really neat-looking model.
|The giant sea scorpion|
|Another top predator. Hi, Rexie!|
|Dunno this one, but similar to a triceratops|
All in all a very satisfying trip, even though we couldn't have pho. There used to be a wonderful cheap Vietnamese restaurant facing the museum, and it was bulldozed to make some of the endless condo buildings going up all over Toronto. Still, the cafeteria isn't bad, and we had a wonderful time, with disturbingly angelic children. I love that we have such an amazing resource only half an hour away from home.