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Exploring natural history

Summer is a great time to visit museums. We have some books to help you get ready for a museum visit, and we also have books that are like a virtual visit to a natural history museum all in themselves.

Animalium by Jenny Broom; illustrated by Katie Scott
Like Botanicum and Historium, below, this is part of the Welcome the Museum series and has “galleries” of images that are like taking a tour of a museum.

Bees: A Honeyed History by Piotr Socha
Learn about the science of bees and how humans have interacted with them in this unusual book from Poland.

Botanicum by Kathy Willis; illustrated by Katie Scott
Showcases dozens of full-color plants from around the world in a gallery format, complemented by identification information and brief descriptions.

Evolving Planet: Four Billion Years of Life on Earth by Erica Kelly and Richard Kissel
A book published in association with The Field Museum to go along with the Evolving Planet exhibit.

The Field Museum of Natural History by Joy Gregory
This would be a nice introduction before a trip to Chicago to visit the museum. The publisher provides online extras like audio and videos.

Historium by Jo Nelson; illustrated by Richard Wilkinson
Here you will find a collection of objects from ancient civilisations. Objects of beauty, functionality, war, life, death and burial.

How the Meteorite Got to the Museum by Jessica Hartland
From outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be verified, tested, and exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History. By the same author: How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum and How the Sphinx Got to the Museum.

The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
Charlie is struggling to get through a cross-country trip to see his father, who will undergo brain surgery. He’s coping by checking off birds from the list he and his dad made of all the species they hoped to see someday– at least one of which is rather inconveniently extinct. Perhaps the Field Museum can help?

Want to do more to explore museums? The Field Museum has online resources for educators (the specimens toolkit would pair nicely with The Someday Birds). You can use the Museum Adventure Pass for discounts at some local museums (call the Information Desk for more details). You can also look at Summer’s Free Museum Days in Chicago to find out when there is free or discounted admission at some of the big Chicago museums that aren’t included in the Museum Adventure Pass.


Logging family time with Lincoln

Logging family time with Lincoln.

More free museum admissions

Our partnership with the Macy’s Museum Adventure Pass program has been very popular!  Since it started this spring, we issued 321 passes to 18 different special attractions.  We thought the program might end at the end of the summer, but it turns out that we will stay partners through August 31, 2011!  If you would like to get a pass, please ask for help at the circulation (checkout) desk.

I recently found out about another opportunity to visit museums for free.  Smithsonian Media is offering tickets by e-mail (two tickets per family) to visit participating museums on September 25, 2010.  Go to smithsonianmag.com/museumday to find out what museums are participating and to have tickets sent to you.  Some of the nearby museums participating in Museum Day are different from the ones you can see with a Museum Adventure Pass, so this is a good opportunity to visit someplace new!

-Miss Sarah

Museum Passes!

Lots of families have asked if they can check out a pass for free admission to local museums.  For a long time the answer has been “No,” but that has just changed!  We are now participating in the Museum Adventure Pass program, paid for by Macy’s.  Visit the link above to find out how to get a pass, which museums (and other organizations, like the Brookfield Zoo) participate, and how the passes can be used.  You can also read a summary on our local activities page for parents and teachers.  -Miss Sarah