The MOST– the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse, NY, is a big place. We spent the better part of 3 hours exploring everything. Downstairs, the museum has a play area for little kids, and cave-looking rooms with loads of displays and interactive stuff. You can read about our visits in Part 1, Part 2, and a big post about the amazing Toothpick City II.
I loved the coral reef in the fish tank. Wow!
A lot of the displays in the cave halls had to do with the local geology of Syracuse, which is situated in a briny, swampy area of central New York. Syracuse once supplied the nation with much of its salt, up until 1926 when the industry waned. There was a ton of science, geology, and history to absorb. It was a lot of information! Some were a little overwhelmed.
That’s a mighty big salt lick!
There was also a very good movie about the history and geology of New York State, including a very interesting piece about our natural limestone. It has fossilized coral in it! Which means that this area was all once under water, and that the water was very warm! I believe this was probably right before the Great Flood. The kids and I later discovered coral fossils in the limestone bricks of City Hall, on our walk through Downtown. Neat! You can see our post about that and some of the photos, here. I’ve also posted a few of the more “random” photos of our visit at that blog, too.
The kids “Met” a “Microbe.”
And we got to watch the IMAX movie guy set up a roll of film on the big machine. All I could think of was “ignore the man behind the curtain!”
All in all, the MOST was a terrific way to spend the day in an educational and active way.