This past Tuesday, Election Day, Fordham students had the day off from classes. I decided that I wanted to take full advantage of my day free of classes, so I went into Manhattan with my friend to go to the Natural History Museum!
|Beautiful views from the museum's windows of the Upper West Side of Manhattan|
Our trip was a mix of work and pleasure because we actually had an assignment for our astronomy class that required us to pay a visit to the Natural History Museum. We had to go to specific exhibits on display at the museum and answer questions about them. Yes, at Fordham going to the Natural History Museum is part of our homework!
|A meteor on display|
|A model of the Earth|
While at the museum, we spent most of our time in the exhibitions focused on Earth, space, and the universe, since that was mainly what our assignment was about. We also made a stop at the museum’s Hayden Planetarium for part of our assignment. It was a really fascinating show and it was pretty cool that Neil DeGrasse Tyson was the one narrating it. Besides just looking at the exhibitions we needed for our assignments though, we also stopped at some of the other exhibitions throughout the museum. I had never been to the Natural History Museum before, and I was a big fan of the Night of the Museum as a kid, so we ventured over to some of the exhibitions that were featured in the film.
|You might recognize these dinosaur bones from Night at the Museum|
Going to school in New York City is amazing for a ton of reasons, and being able to go to the Natural History Museum on a Tuesday as part of my homework is just one of them!