Thursday, November 7, 2013

Geopiece of the Day: Smithsonian, Dinosaur fossils and Tarantula feeding

More than 6.8 million people are enchanted every year by the wonders of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Dinosaur fossils, a huge stuffed elephant and a zoo of a different kind, only consisting of insects, fascinates visitors of all ages. Now it is all owned by Cara on Geopieces. All I can say is that somebody seems to like dinosaurs.


The Smithsonian is officially the world´s largest museum although technically it is a conglomerate of 19 museums and galleries, all aptly named Smithsonian. So if you are planning a trip to your favourite exhibition always make sure to research what sub-museum houses it. The scope of topics covered by the Smithsonian is awe inspiring. Everything you can imagine is on display; from a magnificent collection of ancient Chinese bronzes to the Star-Spangled Banner; from a 3.5 billion-year-old fossil to the Apollo lunar landing module; from the ruby slippers featured in The Wizard of Oz to presidential paintings and memorabilia. 

But there is only one exhibition that can take home the prize to be the best. In a totally non biased vote, based on my sole opinion, an unanimous decision was made to elect the Smithsonian Inscet "petting" zoo as the most grand and beloved exhibition. 

Dedicated by O. Orkin, who ironically owns a pest control company, the insect zoo is a special exhibition hall which presents specimen with six to eight legs to be cuddled by specimen with up to two legs. Volunteers conduct tarantula feedings and insects may be touched and held by visitors.  

Smithsonian entomologist feeds Tarantula

So book a trip, visit the museum and start cuddling with crickets, leaf insects and water beetles.

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