On Friday we went to the Museum of Science for the 10th annual Archaeology Fair. (We went previously in 2013 and had an amazing time.) It was a very full day. We saw some homeschooling friends, we explored parts of the museum, we saw an omni theater movie about the national parks, but most of all we enjoyed a variety of hands-on archaeology activities.
The exhibits were very crowded at times and we had to wait to be able to get to some of the tables, but eventually we got to see just about everything. There were some familiar favorites, like the Legion III Cyrenaica reenactors.
We all tried on helmets and held shields. We looked at tunics and cloaks and fibulae and boots and other equipment and wrote on wax tables with styluses and they were very kind and answered legions of questions and the kids were thrilled.
There was also a woman who had a medical kit with all the tools and implements and herbs and things a doctor would have carried.
They got to piece together broken ceramics, examine stone tools and animal pelts and a doctor’s tools. They got to write underwater on special paper and build a weir out of sticks and dig and map their findings and build with legos.
We also looked at the dinosaur models and the classification exhibit with the shells and bones and other piece to explore. And a model of Mount Everest and models of ships and a staircase that played music.
And the omni film of the National Parks was breathtaking. The kids loved it, though Lucy did get a bit nervous and crawled into my lap at one point. It was pretty overwhelming.