Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dead Sea Scrolls at the Museum of Science - and some butterflies!

Saturday I told you about some of the fun things we did while my parents where here for a visit.  The first day they were here, Friday, it poured rain.  Thankfully there are lots of museums and indoor things to do in Boston, so we decided to go to the Museum of Science and see their special exhibit, the Dead Sea Scrolls.  I'd heard the advertisements on the radio the week before and was excited to go, and I knew mom and dad would love it, too!

The Dead Sea Scrolls were uncovered in 1947 and include the oldest writings from the Bible.  How amazing is that!  The scrolls were in the center room and were great to see - how fantastic is it that 2000 year old writings are still in tact?  There were 10-12 sections of the scrolls on exhibit along with translations of those sections.  The thing that struck me was how small the writing was (which we figured makes sense since they didn't sell reams of paper for $8 back then).

In addition to the scrolls, there were lots of period pieces found in the same area.  No photography was allowed in the scroll area, but we were free to take pictures of the other artifacts, so here are a few:

It took us about 2 hours to wander through the exhibits.  After that, we made our way to the cafe to grab some lunch.  We thought going on a Friday would mean there would be less people there.  To our surprise, it was field trip day and there were at least 500 children in the cafe hallway.  Insane.  We scarfed down some surprisingly good grilled chicken sandwiches and then made our way to the butterfly room.

I LOVE the butterfly room.  Travis and I went one time before and stayed in this 400 square foot room for at least 45 minutes.  The walls are lined with lush plants for the butterflies to hang out all day.  Everywhere you look there are butterflies.  Flying around your face, sitting on leaves, eating fruit, perched on someone's back...it's such a fun experience.  It's an additional $5 fee to go to the butterfly house, but is worth every penny.

A little boy was getting as CLOSE to holding him as possible, without actually touching him.

It was a fun day and a perfect start to our fun weekend!  AND if you haven't already, check out the rest of their trip - Providence Waterfires & a visit to Ipswich, MA!

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  1. Awesome and beautiful. Thanks Lauren

  2. Butterflys are so pretty! I haven't been to that one but have been to others.

  3. Love the butterflies, I went to butterfly dome at Niagara falls and it was very beautiful, there were tons of butterflies of all colors just flying around in a rain forest like setting. I also love going to the Museum, The Royal Ontario Museum here in Toronto has some really interesting exhibits.

    1. Nice!! We're thinking about going to Niagra Falls over Labor Day - we'll be halfway there for a wedding, so we might as well go all the way! Maybe we'll have time for the butterfly dome - sounds awesome!

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