Posted by: Mary Ann Minten, Group Visitor Services Coordinator
Looking for an enjoyable, affordable family fun trip? Not only is the Weis Earth Science Museum that, it is also a fantastic educational experience for all ages. Located at the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley campus in Menasha, budget about an hour of your time as this well kept and laid out museum takes you to the roots of the earth….right down to the core! At only $2 for adults and $1 for children, it’s a welcome break from staying home on an unpredictable Wisconsin weather day!
I enjoyed seeing the displays of unique rocks and stones, not only from our fine state but from all around the world! Reading about the different periods of our earth’s development in a well laid out timeline was fascinating to me! The kids especially enjoyed the fossil rubbing wall. I think I came home with at least 20 chalk-rubbed sketches of the fossil templates from various time periods…a great educational art project that didn’t mess up my house!
If stones and rocks aren’t enough, see the Tyrannosaurus Rex skull replica in their dinosaur den. They include an interesting story on his life and battles he might have fought as indicated by the missing bone fragments.
While there I noticed an area that was closed for a future exhibit. I found out that the director is putting together a “Touching the Earth” exhibit for the blind and visually impaired to experience the various textures of rocks and fossils. This will have braille and large print materials to get the complete experience. She will also be adding blindfolds so everyone can experience this exhibit from a tactile sense as intended. As a parent I know how every child loves to touch, so I can see this being a great time for all!
Thanks Weis Earth Science Museum for a great ‘field’ trip. I can’t wait to go back and ‘touch’ the new exhibit!
For more information visit: http://www.uwfox.uwc.edu/wesm/index.html