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My grandparents lived across the street from the Museum of Natural History. They were older grandparents, not the kind to get down on the floor and play with my sister, brother and me. When in doubt, they took us to the Museum. We went so often that for years I never returned. It just reminded me of being bored out of my skull. But when I was in my twenties I went back and remembered just how cool the place is. I haven’t been in awhile but am down to go again.

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1 GaryfromChevyChase   ~  Nov 11, 2013 10:39 am

For us, going with the grandparents to the Bronx Zoo was the usual destination. Oh, and the Macy's Day parade (followed by hot chocolate at H&H).

Living in DC, took advanatge of all of the FREE museums with my kids (Natural History and Air & Space were always big hits).

2 Alex Belth   ~  Nov 11, 2013 10:44 am

the DC museums are amazing. I've got to get back down there, man.

3 Sliced Bread   ~  Nov 11, 2013 12:17 pm

As great as the Museum Natural of History is, I think there's a special type of oxygen pumped into the place that turns it into dullsville for kids. Not all kids, but most, drag their feet like they're on a 4am forced march. Even the dinosaurs can't snap them out of their aggravated schluffiness. I appreciated my parents taking me there, and tried to act interested, but my attention was usually more focused on watching people, than checking out artifacts, and exhibits.
I didn't fully appreciate the history on display until I was an adult, and no longer affected by that that weird oxygen.
I think "Night at the Museum" has given this latest generation of kids an earlier appreciation for the place. But most won't really get it until they're older.

4 rbj   ~  Nov 11, 2013 1:08 pm

I loved museums as a kid, well the history & science ones, and even some art ones. But that's just the geek in me.

5 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Nov 11, 2013 3:00 pm

I was not enamored by museums as a kid either, but I did get excited by the planetarium, and thought the Guggenheim was so cool a building. My son loved museums as a baby (and still does as a 19 year old). Taking him through the Louvre at 5 years old; he outlasted me and I ended up being the bored one. Go figure...

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