Wednesday, October 19, 2016

An afternoon at the museum

Yesterday Mr H suggested a ride to the Arizona Museum of Natural History, so off we went. What a fun and interesting place. Many displays for children (of all ages) to explore and lots of exhibits asking you to touch them.
Mr H touching the Drusy Chrysocolla Boulder. Wonderful examples of rocks and minerals from ages gone by. The displays were wonderful.... we moved on through halls and rooms... always finding something to gaze at like this piece...
this was a huge cut of Amethyst which is my birth stone. There was a similar size in the gift shop that was only $400.00 but I settled for this smaller piece which was much more affordable

 and easier to carry. For now it sits here where I can admire it often. There were so many displays like this one
and this one
The beauty of each piece ...there was also some textiles to see and this wonderful piece
I wanted to reach into the case and caress the fiber. We wandered through the dinosaur bones and then there was a lightening and rain storm that added to the wonder of it. This piece was amazing
the detail was lovely and although it was behind glass, I was able to get really close to see it all.


Finally we went to the courtyard where there was a gold mine sluice set up so we could pan for gold! Of course we did...
 After a few tries we began to find "gold" and here is our treasure....
The museum was very much all ours as the morning crowds left, it was like having our private museum. We really enjoyed how well this museum is designed. Puzzled to put together, tunnels for children to explore, there was a mining camp to wander through and dinosaurs  to intrigue everyone.  All in all we had a wonderful afternoon.
Earlier in the morning I went to a nearby quilt shop for a couple of pieces of fabric .....
I cannot wait to get started. Beautiful Christmas prints. I went for 4 quarter yard pieces and ended up with more than enough for two projects that I have in mind. Guess that about covers it. So happy that you could spend time with me today. Thank you for your friendship and kind words. Have a great day.

8 comments:

Vicki said...

I haven't been to that museum in years, I need to plan a visit soon! The fabrics you chose are beautiful, can't wait to see what you make of them.

butterfly said...


Thank you for sharing .
Beautiful fabric have fun with it hugs .

Lynda Ruth Bowers said...

did you get to keep the gold. love the museum, looks like some very lovely fabric you got. hugs

Bea said...

What fun! I love museums where you are allowed to get involved in the exhibits, not just look at things. Such a great way to spend the day.
And beautiful fabrics - looking forward to seeing you use them.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Sounds like a lovely day out. We have a couple of nice museums close to us but the best ones are in London!

Shelly said...

I have heard of that museum but we haven't been there. The thing with Phoenix is we don't go down without a destination in mind. We're either going to the airport or the Renaissance Festival in Apache Junction or a Coyotes game or for me, the Attic! When it gets even cooler there, I would just like to drive down and do things like that museum and the Heard Museum. Love your fabric, very pretty.

Ninetta said...

Thanks for sharing Gracie, that's all beautiful, when we had the chance, I loved visiting a museum of natural history, there wasn't a courtyard with gold though :-) Love the amethyst. That fabric is so lovely!

Julie said...

Your museum visit looks fantastic.
Lovely fabrics... wonder what plans you have for those.