cleveland – museum of natural history megalodon exhibit

Cleveland Museum of Natural History - Megalodon Exhibit | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

Earlier this month, we loaded up the menagerie and headed to the Museum of Natural History to see the Megalodon exhibit.  We received an amazing gift of a family membership for the year from one of Andy’s attendings in Wisconsin.  I definitely plan to put it to good use!

Before we even entered the museum, we found one of the Play Me, I’m Yours street pianos placed around the city near the entrance.  I had wanted to visit one before they were removed so it was great to do two things in one trip.  Of course, the girls loved hitting the keys and providing entertainment for a few museum patrons.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History - Megalodon Exhibit | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

The entrance to the Megalodon exhibit was awe-inspiring.  Having a visual of what a 60′ Megalodon skeleton would’ve looked like is a bit overwhelming and almost hard to fathom.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History - Megalodon Exhibit | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

And then to compare the size of their jaws with the height of your children?  Absolutely frightening.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History - Megalodon Exhibit | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

Loved this visual comparing the different lengths of various sharks.  Even my super tall children weren’t as long as the smallest shark.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History - Megalodon Exhibit | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

The exhibit really was interactive, allowing you to view shark teeth through a magnifying lens.  

As a sidenote, how is it possible that as an adult I wasn’t aware that sharks had multiple rows of teeth?  Proof that we also learned several shark tidbits during our visit.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History - Megalodon Exhibit | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

After the exhibit, we headed downstairs to the Discovery Center.  We were lucky and had the place to ourselves for a good 20 minutes before another family joined us.  We saw spiders, fish, praying mantises – ick! – and the menagerie also was able to interact with several of the exhibits.

Leighton loved putting together this body puzzle.  She loves puzzles and given her father’s occupation, she’s quite knowledgeable of what parts go where.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History - Megalodon Exhibit | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

The girls really loved the Discover Market where they selected five items to try and get the highest “healthy score.”  Each food item they scanned had a point value with healthier items having higher point values.  

Cleveland Museum of Natural History - Megalodon Exhibit | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

We also trekked outside to view the animal exhibits.  I was too busy enjoying the animals that I didn’t take a single photo but we were happily surprised to see so many animals.  Some of our favorites were the raccoons, fox, otter, deer and Carson’s favorite, the crow.  The crow would call out and Carson would answer.  Hysterical.

Looking forward to our next trip and a new exhibit to explore in the near future.  

The Megalodon exhibit ends on Sunday, September 1st – you still have a few days to see it for yourself!

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Disclosure : I was not compensated in any way for this post.  I simply want to share more about our experiences at local Cleveland events and attractions with others.

Comments

  1. I love the piano art displays. I just wish I could play like I used to be able to – I could probably properly place a C Major scale right now, but not much more, ha!

    I always lose my husband in this museum, but I always know I can find him in the space exhibits. It’s a great CLE attraction!

  2. this is awesome, mel! xo.

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