National Museum of Natural History - Student Orientation Video

National Museum of Natural History – Student Orientation Video

hi I'm Gloria and I'm Nick we'd like to welcome you to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History since the museum opened in 1910 more people have visited here than any other museum in the world it contains more than 126 million specimens artifacts field notes and photographs who do you think has a catalog well I'm glad it's not me you definitely won't be able to see everything one day we'll explore just a small part of Museum and see what your day here might be like we'll also give you a few tips to make the most of your visit let's go take a look there are two entrances to the museum and all bags are so it's best to avoid bringing your backpack you can then fast-track your entrance into the museum the museum doesn't have any student lockers you'll need to leave your lunch in any badge you don't want to carry on the bus but you're welcome to eat outside on the mall a great place to start is at the African bush elephant which has been on display since 1959 it weighs 8 tonnes that's over 7,000 kilograms your parents might even remember it if they visited here on a school trip you are welcome to take photographs or to use video cameras to help you remember some of the cool exhibits that you will see the museum has three floors packed with everything from butterflies to dinosaurs and diamond dust older than our solar city and they're always in this color so I could call my shin guards my fibula that's really cool let's take a look at one of the world's most famous gemstones the Hope Diamond it was found in the 17th century and has had an amazing history you will find the Hope Diamond in the geology gems and minerals hall while we're checking out in 1958 the Hope Diamond was sent to the museum through the mail in a simple brown paper parcel how do I know that it says so right here you should check out information panels like this one throughout the museum all the gems belong to you oh so I can take them home sorry they have to stay here you have to share them with all the people of the United States well today we have here some raw minerals and each of these is used in a product that you've probably used in your daily life if you have any questions you'll find plenty of people who are happy to answer them if they don't know the answer they'll find someone who does you can't touch a lot of the exhibits but you can use interactive stations throughout the museum there are also live exhibits in the museum such as those in the orchid in sexu the museum isn't just a place where people come to look at exhibits it's also home to many scientists conducting research into the origin and history of Earth and other planets discovering and interpreting the diversity and history of life on Earth and studying human diversity and culture change the ocean covers more than two-thirds of the planet it is a global system essential to all life including yours meet Phoenix the largest inhabitant of the santosh in Hall Phoenix is a full-scale model of a living North Atlantic right well that scientists have been tracking since 1987 right whales can weigh as much as 12 African elephants and whales are one of the biggest animals that have ever lived there's so much to see and do the ocean Hall but you can spend your entire day here there's Nemo I found Nemo Oh what's this thing it looks like a dinosaur well that's very good it actually is the dinosaur of fishes this is called a coelacanth and coelacanths were well known from the fossil record and then thought to have gone extinct about 65 million years ago along with the dinosaurs and then in 1938 a living coelacanth was found off of South Africa so for the marine world it was the equivalent of finding a living t-rex Wow in the mammal hall you'll see what the earliest mammals look like and one particularly important species you the hall is full of amazing animals from around the world in life poses I've always wondered how they're prepared for display we were just at the hall of mammals everything looked incredibly lifelike is it all real part of it is real like the the skin of the animal is real when you treat the after it's skinned you treat with chemicals to tan it so it's like leather here but parts that aren't real is after the skin is tanned you have to create some kind of a form for it or a mannequin this is a commercial form for a raccoon that's that's something that you can buy and put use for a mount but other times you you make them yourselves this is for a bird and this is a homemade one this is another one that I've carved and that's what's inside this penguin and so it goes like that other parts that are not real are things like these eyes like this is an eye for a wolf and different animals have different types eyes compare that to the the eyes of the leopard so to answer your question part of it is real and part of it's not real Wow I'm exhausted well I told you with the big museum we didn't have enough time to look at the dinosaur hall the 4.6 billion year old meteorite or even the African voice marketplace where you can see toys children of the made from recycled materials there's plenty for you to see and we're sure you'll enjoy your visit you're welcome to come back at any time and like all Smithsonian museums entrance is free who knows maybe you'll want to get a job here someday or become a volunteer please check out the website to discover much more about the museum and you can become a fan owns iam on Facebook you

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19 thoughts on “National Museum of Natural History – Student Orientation Video

  1. Has the museum witnessed the Vietnam War?

    Please share with you!

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  3. Now that you've seen the Hope Diamond in the video, there is no reason to bother seeing it in real life.

  4. So you guys remember this too,they used to alternate the massive Elephant with a Mastodon from time to time(and either one would terrorize me!).

  5. At 1.09 she says that the elephant weighs 8 tons and thats over 7000 kilograms. LOL metric system failure 🙂

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