We went here about 2 weeks ago, and were highly disappointed. It's not a museum I would ever want to visit again. Where to start? I guess with the fact that there was a lack of signs directing us to the museum. This isn't on the museum, but the city (I asked the reception desk about this). We drove around the entire complex without realizing it was the museum because there was nothing to outwardly advertise it as such.
Their new exhibit on color was very slap-dashedly put together. We were there the first day it opened, and the exhibit wasn't completely installed. There also wasn't very much to it. While there were some interesting individual exhibits about the color spectrum and prisms, the rest of it made no sense. Amongst the exhibits were random displays of native artifacts that had no relevance to color other than they seemed to be grouped by it. Overall, there was very little explanation about the displays.
The floor you enter on has a bunch of side rooms that are in the old-style dead, stuffed animal dioramas. While the animals were in decent condition (very little mange), there was very little information. And that style of exhibit is just generally boring.
The dinosaur/fossil exhibit was very tiny and cramped. I didn't spend much time in it in part because of that, and in part because my toddler wanted to run around like a little heathen. I've seen much better quality exhibits. This one seemed like an afterthought thrown in a side room.
Another disappointment was the space/astronomy exhibit, mainly because when we climbed the stairs to it, the doors were locked. No reason was given as to why the exhibit was closed, and we were not notified at the reception desk when we purchased tickets it was closed.
The building itself is in desperate need of refurbishment. It's showing it's age and felt like an underfunded geology dept that's been shunted to the side and forgotten in the back of the building. Everything in there needs a complete overhaul - starting with clearing out the dioramas.
With all this negativity, there were 3 decent exhibits. The Egyptian exhibit was nice. I would have liked to have more information in regards to the board game shown, but overall, we enjoyed it, esp the X-ray/description of the mummy.
The other positive were the 2 children's rooms. Our toddler had fun in the the one geared for younger kids - it had a water table, a slide, camp site, and various other toys. The other room was geared for older kids and had a water table (different types of material to create dams), microscopes, live rabbits, and more dead, stuffed animals. I thought the water table in the older kids' room was fairly entertaining.
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