Friday, July 12, 2013

Two Museums in One Day

On Friday, July 5, we headed to Provo. We met my dad at the paleontology museum just off BYU campus. It was right across the street from the Riv, the apartments I lived in for 3 years while at BYU. (I lived in Helaman Halls dorms my freshman year.) But I don't remember ever going there.
The kids enjoyed seeing the dinosaur tracks, dinosaur bones/molds, and reading about these creatures. But they especially enjoyed pretending that they were being eaten by the jaws of these huge dinosaurs. Unfortunately, my nephew Evan was sick that day and unable to come with us.


Then we went to the BYU Museum of Art. There were some neat displays. One exhibit was on work. There was a giant wedding dress made out of the bubble wrap used to mail packages. There were two plants, labeled good and evil. You were instructed to say kind and happy words to the good plant and evil, mean words to the "evil" plant. There was a display of 1,000 partially eaten pink marshmellows and 1,000 photos of the artist eating the marshmellows. This was based on the marshmellow psychology study where children were given a marshmellow but told they could have two if they waited 15 minutes. Those who exhibited self control were more likely to have successful lives. So the art exhibit was to show the artist struggling with self control and giving in to various degrees...or not. There was a very cool family history display where the artist put each of her ancestors on a triangle and connected them. So her triangle was at the top and then it bloomed out. I can't adequately describe it, but it was very cool. The art museum didn't capture the kids' attention for quite as long, but it was still worth visiting.