Tours, travels, hikes and journeys!

I was very low energy this museum day so I wasn’t as engaged and energetic as I usually am during these walks/tours. Today I visited the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Railroad Museum. I walked into and quickly out of the Fleet Science Museum as I knew my foggy brain that day was in no way ready to engage in hands on science displays 🙂

I did enjoy the Railroad museum as it was filled with both interested adults and squealing excited children. I love miniature houses and buildings, enthralled by the details put into the smaller replications. The Railroad museum has displays of various railroad cars in different scales, plus several display rooms with realistic landscapes including mountains and canyons. There is one room that is multi-tiered with steam engines and various viewing places spaced throughout. The other displays have benches to sit on for viewing and raised walkways for children to stand on.

Here is the photo of the stairway that goes down to the Railroad museum:

h stairway to railroad museum

Here are some photos of the various displays. I loved the buildings made to look like drive in’s, old stores with neon signs, an old diner. One street has cars stopped at the red light forever. The black engines were actually blowing steam. I thought the carnival was cute. I wish the photo had turned out more clear but the museum lights made the picture quality challenging.

b multi tiered display

c more multi tiered display

e carnival by the railroad

f historic train station

g railroad display

Here’s the cars stopped at the red light forever:

d cars stopped forever

And here’s the old diner with the poor person who looks like he/she got hit by the car backing up into his/her bike:

a diner in railroad museum

Here’s the pretty front of the San Diego Natural History Museum:

7 natural history museum

This museum was also filled with children. There are many learning stations throughout the museum and you could spend a lot of time here. The King Tut exhibit is there into April, for an extra fee. It is requested that you buy tickets for that ahead of time and call to set up your desired viewing time. There are three movies showing there now…one on Walking with the Dinosaurs 3D, one on Mummies; Secrets of the Pharaohs 3D and the other, Ocean Oasis. These films are included in the price of admission or at a reduced rate on the residence Free Tuesday, the first Tuesday of the month.

I only took a few pictures in this museum.

A dinosaur skeleton:

2 dinosaru skeleton

A very large and wonderful hunk of Jade (so nice to feel, as I love stones):

3 hunk of jade

A California Sonora King Snake. There were three lives snakes that I saw and all three were in small box displays, so sad, just as the gecko below was also in a small space:

4 California Sonorian King snake

Gecko:

6. gecko

And lastly, a view from the third floor looking down. There is a wonderful photo display right now on the third floor, of birds around the world:

1 inside the natural history museum

If you’d like more information about Balboa park you can go to their website:

http://www.balboapark.org

There is so much to see there in the museums, puppet theater, various other theaters, restaurants, stores, a zoo, the Spanish Village artist galleries and shops, trails to walk, various gardens, classes, displays, dances, organ concerts, weekly Sunday concerts at the International houses, and so much more throughout the park. You can be involved as you want or just take a book and a picnic and hang out on the grass and relax! On different weekends there are often special events on some of the lawns as well.

Thanks for joining me today on my walk!

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Comments on: "March 3, 2015 Museum Day, Balboa park, San Diego, CA" (2)

  1. I love the model railroad museum!

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    • Me, too! There is something magical about trains and also small model cars and buildings. My Father was a Standard Oil distributor and his plant was built next to the train tracks as boxes of products were dropped off right from the trains. I have many memories of hanging out in his warehouse and office listening to the trains go by and also jumping off the boxes into his arms.

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