Cleveland Natural History Museum - Part 1 - The Dainty Squid

Cleveland Natural History Museum - Part 1

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Cleveland Natural History Museum is one of the coolest places in Cleveland. That being said it was no surprise when Kevin suggested we go there while Ivan and Elycia were out to visit for his birthday two weekends ago. We had a blast and took tons of pictures (you can find Elycia's here).  I only shot film while at the museum and while that's kind of scary seeing as film is unpredictable it ended up being a great choice. I actually have so many photos I love and am proud of that to put them all in one post would be kind of overwhelming. I'm not sure right now how many posts it will end up being but I'll be spacing them out one post filled with photos from the museum per week until they run out.

Here's part one! These are from the lower floor - my absolute favorite part of the museum. It's not very well labeled (at least not in my opinion) that you're allowed to go down the stairs. Every time we go down there, no matter how many times I've been there, I still always feel like I'm sneaking into a secret part of the museum.
These displays are all in a hallway which makes me feel like they're super under appreciated. They're so gorgeous. I could stare for hours just absorbing all the little details. I'm a huge fan of collections so it's quite obvious why these appeal to me. I really just wish they were all in my living room.

All of the photos above were taken with a Canon T2 (my favorite and most reliable 35mm camera) and Fujifilm Superia X-TRA 400 that expired in 2010. They were developed at Discount Drug Mart which is the closest place to me that still does one hour photo that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

Well I'm going to try to straighten up the house and recover from sleeping in way too late. I woke up with a major, major headache at my normal time (5:30am), so I went back to sleep until 7am, still had a headache so I went back to sleep again and woke up at nearly 10am. I feel so incredibly lazy, but I guess I needed it because now the headache is gone (knock on wood!). Now I need to prove to myself that just because I got up later than normal doesn't mean my whole day is shot. Does anyone else ever feel like that? 
xoxo

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  1. I love natural history museums in general and this one looks like it has a lot of great stuff! Can't wait to see the rest!!

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  2. Love it there :) took my cousin there for the first time in December and they had some live reindeer inside! So cute.

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  3. Great pictures, especially the one with all the sea shells.

    I know exactly how you feel; I may or may not have skipped my 9 am class this morning because I just felt lazy. Of course, I'm totally blaming it on the SNOW we got... yeah. snow. not okay.


    xoxo,
    Laura
    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

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  4. Your photos are beautiful! Hooray for film.
    I went back to sleep this morning too and slept until just before 9. Sometimes I am actually more productive on days that I sleep in. I think it's that I'm trying harder to make up for lost time!

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  5. Natural History Museums are my favorite thing on the planet! And I love these pictures and can't wait to see more! Birdskulls are my favorite (god, I need one of those, beaks are so weird and therefor awesome)! Did this museum have skins too? The one I regularly go to has all kinds of animal skins you can touch which is so cool! I still can not get over how soft tigers are!

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  6. The wall of skulls and insects are breathtaking!

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  7. These are lovely, I like the subtle tones <3 xx

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  8. <3 been meaning to go there soon

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  9. wow, what an inspiring and beautiful place, I love natural history museums. I wish there were something like this closer to me.

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  10. yes kaylah, i've felt like that about waking up feeling lousy or late. so glad you're headache is gone. i can see why the museum appeals to you with such collections. :)

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  11. Your photos came out so wonderfully! And the museum looks like a lot of fun! I did some sleeping in too today, woke up to being completely snowed in, so I thought 'Hey a little extra sleeping won't hurt, not like I can go anywhere today' Hehe! It's worked out pretty well for me so far :)

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  12. Love this!! I always liked butterflies and geologic themes, I'm not a fan or student
    but I can enjoy it, great photos dear.

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  13. That wall of nests is HEAVEN! I'm taking note of all the cool Cleveland places you mention, I'm going to be heading through there en route to Chicago in October.

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  14. I love the nest and butterfly displays!


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  15. it looks like paradise for a hobby-biologist like yourself:)

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  16. Those photos are gorgeous! Have you ever been to the Field Museum in Chicago? It's probably the best museum in Chicago (in my opinion) and you would love it! Even as a kid I would enjoy going there and staring at their huge butterfly collection.

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    1. Nope, I've never been to Chicago but the Filed Museum but it's definitely on my list of things to do!!

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  17. I think I might have to go to Cleveland to check this museum out! The one in Milwaukee is cool, but once you go there all the time when you're a kid, you want to explore other museums!

    And anytime I wake up after 9am I always feel like the day is shot and don't feel like doing anything. It's a vicious cycle really...

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  18. that museum looks amazing!

    as for the headache i'm really sorry. i get headaches far too often and actually right now have been battling a 9 day constant headache (that is also holding hands with either bronchitis or pneumonia and not letting go of my poor body boo on that!)

    if i get them on weekends, i always force myself to fall back asleep hoping they will go away, and on good days it works!

    hope you were able to get back on track and be productive =)

    - http://veranellies.blogspot.com

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  19. Those collections are beyond incredible - I could look at those forever!

    xo
    cortnie

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  20. Oh these pictures are breathtaking! I love the little nests! And skulls and beetles! If I'm ever in Cleveland I know what to do while I'm there : )

    mybillie.blogspot.com

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  21. Just curious.. how long do you think it takes you to get through the museum? I'm from the Pittsburgh, PA area so going to Cleveland is a nice little getaway for me. I'm planning on taking a trip soon. I saw your Modcloth thing on your favorite locations and I'm looking forward to checking those places out, as well. Oh, and I remember reading back on you or Elycia's first post about this trip that you weren't allowed to take pictures, I think? I'm a little bit shy and awkward but I would really love to be able to take pictures for my own blog and just for fun, really. So what did you say to get permission? I think I'll just sound goody asking and explaining. Ha ha.

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    1. Hmm, I'd say about 2-3 hours depending on how interested in everything you are. If you're a skimmer - than probably about an hour and a half but if you'd really like to look and read about things than it will be a lot longer. Paired with the other things from the Modcloth post - it's definitely a full day! ;)

      Long story short - you're most definitely allow to take pictures of everything other than in the main attraction at the time which is clearly marked.
      :)

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    2. Thanks!! Really helpful. Now I just need to find a good beach spot out there... any suggestions in that department? I'll probably stay the night out that way and make a mini vacation of it.

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    3. Nope, sorry! But I'm sure you'll be able to find one.
      :)

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  22. Everything is absolutly amazing! I wish I lived even remotly close to there, it would be quite awesome.
    Also I have been waking up early (which is not really early 6 or 7am) but it has been so awesome I feel like I could do more stuff heehe.
    ♥Meagan

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  23. woowww i would definitely buy prints of the nest and shell photos! they're fantastic. i think film was an excellent choice!

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  24. I do feel like that.
    But if I wake late, my day is most definitely for the bin.. it seems I'm in a mood or rather "rythm" in which I can't get my thoughts straight.. it's not that I'm particulary lazy, but it seems I need more time for everything. And small things tend to distract me.
    I realized, that my day usually ends with guilt and a bad feeling about not having accomplished what I wanted to, so for my sake I observe, ... can I still turn this ship around or not? And if not, I simply try to have a nice day and do things which are fun to do.... for example taking a walk, watching movies...etc. because in the end it proves it's better to have a wasted day but being recovered and happy, than to end a day in a bad mood.

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  25. Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing! xx

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  26. What a gorgeous post!

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  27. Never imagined you could get such beautiful enchanting photos from a museum! Definitely proved wrong on that one.

    http://the-makingofthings.blogspot.com.au/

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  28. That place looks right up your alley! I love the beetles :D

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  29. love these photos! there is something so beautiful about museum displays. they have a certain aesthetic that really appeals to me (i collect bones & dead bugs & feathers & things in jars, so i kind of have this creepy museum/mad scientists lab thing going on over here).

    i can spot a death's head hawk moth which are my favorite <3

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  30. I love all of the film photos! I wish I used mine more, I just can't afford film/developing right now.

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  31. Amazing collections. Its been a long time since i last visited a museum.

    http://a.k.a.chymecindy.net

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  32. Looks magical! I always come here and get very inspired about everything. And you're like the cutest creature ever! Big love from Finland. xx

    ♥:Maukku

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  33. Hi Kaylah! I love your photo of the collection of nests, and was wondering if you would mind if I used it as a photo reference for an illustration? I would credit your photograph with a link to your blog wherever possible. Let me know here, and I'll check back :)

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