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The BoingBoing Museum Challenge

January 24, 2012

Today the world population is 7,018,175,642

Maggie Koerth-Baker, author and blogger at, recently shared a picture from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. She made the point that visitors to most museums “don’t even know about the treasures stored there.” I agree! Maggie asked her readers to share their favorite specimens/exhibits from museums around the world. Considering I had just taken a 2,736 mile drive to visit science & nature museums across the midwestern United States, then spent 24 hours at The Field Museum, this is a great time to share a few of my favorite pics and fun facts. Enjoy!

From Restoring Earth, the newest exhibit at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the peregrine falcon population in Illinois was down to 1 pair in 1988. After collaborative conservation efforts spearheaded by The Field Museum, there are now 23 pairs of peregrine falcons nesting on Chicago’s tall buildings.

Occupy The Field Museum

Drive from Chicago to Austin and you’ll find yourself cruising past Oklahoma’s only science museum. They maximize every opportunity to teach you about life’s golden nuggets of information. In case you can’t read it, “During your lifetime, you will make approximately 10,000 gallons of urine.”

Science Museum Oklahoma

Walk through the front doors of the Texas Natural Science Museum and directly above your head is the largest flying creature ever discovered. With a wingspan of 40 feet, the Pterosaur lived about 65,000,000 years ago during the Cretaceous Period.

Texas Natural Science Museum

Our planet is a wonderfully, beautiful place. Don’t miss what these museums have to offer. Thank you Maggie for uniting museum visitors from a variety of locations. 🙂

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