One afternoon during the swim meet we went to the Brazos County Natural History Museum with Eric. Denver has a huge natural history museum and Eric is a middle school science teacher so it sounded like a good outing. (Each afternoon Kylie and the other swimmers rest and nap so their families have time to explore the area.) The museum was interesting but it wasn't focused just on natural history. There was a temporary exhibit of shells that had beautiful displays. You can click on any photo to enlarge it.
This mural covers one wall in the museum. It shows 50 plus species that once lived in Texas more than 12,500 years ago at the end of the last glacial period.
We also saw fossil skeletons of two ancient fish.
There were a number of mounted animal heads and a stuffed lion, bear and beaver. Eric and I posed beneath the head of an ibex (I think).
Looking at other subjects, we saw this chuck wagon
Santa Anna's silver which was captured at the Battle of San Jacinto in Texas' war for independence from Mexico
and an unusual vault from an early bank in College Station.
John was caught by a gorilla in the children's classroom at the museum.
The museum was all over the place but it was a good way to spend the afternoon. But first we sampled some of the local barbeque.