Friday, March 26, 2010

The Creation Museum

All images courtesy of Ashley Sumner.

The Creation Museum is located in Kentucky and is an excellent place for learners of all ages. The mission of this museum is to expose the truth of science, meaning it shows how a creation theory of the world is feasible, then goes on to prove this point. The founder of the museum is a hard-core creationist and has set his life's goal to showing people how evolution is not founded on proof of scientific facts.
The museum has a planetarium, book store, cafe, and a garden. It is an all-day adventure. In the garden, there are different things that go on; besides walking amongst the beautiful flowers and seeing hedge bush sculptures of various animals, one will come upon a petting zoo and also, if one dares...a snake show! The "snakeman" informs the audience of the dangers and interesting facts of a multiple variety of snakes. His big finale is his giant albino boa constrictor, which I got to hold. This museum is the perfect place to go for a field trip, family trip, or even a road trip!

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Vicksburg National Military Park

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The Vicksburg National Military Park is located in Vicksburg, Mississippi and is a must-see for all, especially those interested in history. The civil war was fought here and in the park you can see all the hills and trenches that were dug. There are memorials all around the park as well as grave sites and cannons. There is a memorial for each state that was represented in the civil war and the one shown above is the memorial for the state of Illinois. I believe it is the largest one and one is actually able to walk inside. This is a great place for all ages and sizes. I encourage all of you to check it out at least once.

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Centennial Exhibit

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The Centennial Exhibit at the University of Southern Mississippi is located on the first floor of the Cook library. It is a great exhibit for all of those interested in the history of the University. The different attractions that can be found there are things such as report cards, letters, band uniforms, cheerleading uniforms, etc. Also, there is an interesting little note that tells about how the university chose its colors. This is an interesting exhibit for anyone and everyone who has a passion for the University.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

de Grummond Children's Museum

Ever feel like teaching your children more about culture, but are too afraid some modern art museums may be too much? Look no further than the de Grummond children's museum located conveniently on the campus of Southern Miss in the heart of Hattiesburg. This museum has a vast collection of children's books and other interesting artifacts on display for all to see. It hosts a variety of works any child could be interested in some of which include fables, fairytales, religious works, even Curious George.
Even if you are not a child but just love children's stories, this place is a definite must-see. The museum was dedicated to Lena de Grummond who was a professor at USM. She desired people to know first-hand the things that it took to be a children's book author and even had stories, drawings, etc. and eventually donated them to the school.

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art

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Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is a great place to go if looking for culture in the heart of Laurel, Mississippi. The collection they have consists of Native American weaving, European paintings from the 17th century all the way to the 20th century, American modern art, Japanese woodblock prints, British Georgian silver. Also, at various times during the year the museum hosts exhibitions. The current exhibition is "Recent Acquisitions" and will be on display from December 15, 2009 to March 24, 2010. Being from this area, LRMA is a part of who I am and I remember two exhibitions from years ago that have stuck with me. The first is the weaving exhibition that was up when I was a child. A loom was set up in the foyer and we all had a try on it, weaving and creating. Also, another exhibition I remember vividly is from about three years ago and it was photographer Linda Eastman, who was married to Paul McCartney of the famous rock group "The Beatles." Linda, now deceased, had captured photos from famous bands like The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and even The name a few. This museum is a definite place to visit if you live in the area.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Natural Science Museum

Ashley Sumner
January 26, 2010
The Natural Science Museum of the University of Southern Mississippi
The natural science museum, located on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi is fairly interesting. This attraction caught my eye as I was walking past the building where it is located in Mississippi Hall. This attraction is located down in the basement and I just had to check it out. I was somewhat impressed by the steps leading me to the front door. The steps named the different ages that scientists say different dinosaurs existed; such as the Paleozoic age, Mesozoic age, etc. Finally, when I entered the doors, I was surprised to find a group of students studying there and I thought that they had good taste simply because I enjoy science. However, this was not what caught my eye.
What made me want to write about this place of scientific history that I just so happened upon is the fossils and the reptiles that are inside of this building. The first exhibit is the reptile exhibit where turtles and snakes roam in glass cages. I am guessing that one is able to hold the snakes because there was a sign that read “don’t mess with me now, I just ate”. The next exhibit that caught my eye is the fossil exhibit. This is a marine fossil adventure full of starfish, rays, mollusks, and all kinds of exciting sea creatures.
The next exhibit that I enjoyed is the one that told how the inside of a mollusk work and everything about the creatures. Also, there was an arachnid/insect exhibit. One had a cage with a tarantula and the other had insects pinned onto cardboard. The insects on this cardboard are that of beetles, locusts, centipedes, etc. There was also a nice aquarium at the end of my journey full of all sorts of enjoyable fish.
I enjoyed my visit to the Museum of Natural Science on this campus because I love animals, science, and marine life. I do wish they had more exhibits and more interaction; however, I feel that my time was not wasted.