I took the boys to the Conner Museum on the Washington State University campus this morning. Very worthwhile!
The Conner Museum has lots of dead stuff. The variety is impressive (though make no mistake, this is a small collection) and the displays and collection are high quality.
The history (from the website):
“Conner Museum traces its beginnings back to 1894, when Charles R. Conner, president of the Board of Regents, persuaded the state of Washington to donate its exhibits from the Chicago World’s Fair to the fledgling Washington Agricultural College. Those first exhibits were a mixture of several disciplines including anthropology, geology, biology and, of course, agriculture. Over time and through the influence of successive curators, the museum’s theme gradually narrowed and focused on vertebrate animals. Today the museum’s exhibits display over 700 mounts of birds and mammals and the scientific collection used by researchers houses over 65,000 specimens.”
One of the coolest things about the museum is the table of stuff the kids can touch. We took full advantage of this!
The museum is located on the first floor of Abelson Hall, in a few different rooms (just follow the signs). It is open seven days a week from 8 AM to 5 PM, except on holidays or other times when the buildings on campus are closed. Admission is FREE, but the museum could really use donations, so drop some money in the donation box if you can. There is no specific parking lot. We parked at a meter in front of Daggy Hall on College. It was $1.50 for an hour. I was afraid parking was going to be a pain, but it wasn’t.
From there, it was a short walk to Abelson. The boys had a great time running up the stairs.
We also saw the famous Bryan clock tower and took the obligatory photo.
Finally, on the way back to the car, we stopped at every mound of snow (leftover and totally icy) that we could see. I only mention this because the boys would have been happy doing this for hours, and it was great because there are no cars to worry about- maybe when we get bored this winter we can wander around campus kicking at snowpiles?