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Our Museum

When you find something beautiful or interesting on your nature walks, what do you do with it?  We put it in our museum.

We have cones, seed pods, dried ferns, and a shelf fungus (bottom center).

The bird corner includes old nests as well as feathers.  We’ve discovered that blue jay feathers lose their blue after a while.  Notice that the log has been chewed by a beaver.

Although we found many of the rocks ourselves, the prettiest ones came from a rock show.


We’ve visited a mica mine.  Below you can see transparent sheets of ordinary mica.  I’m not sure, though what the orange, black, and silver sheets are in the above picture.  And is the stone with a hole in it an Indian artifact?

We seem to live in fossil country.  Here are two of our best fossils; the one above we found and the one below we bought. All the dark bits in the one above are remains of little living things, some from funny angles.  I’ve put my other little shell, bump, and plant fossils among the plants on my window sill.

Our museum, just a few ledges in our stairwell, has been part of our lives for years.

It changes as time goes on, though.  We’ve discarded items such as a snake skin, square pioneer nails, beaver chips, butterflies, and a wasps’ nest, and in a few months, when the weather turns fine, we’ll start collecting again.


  1. Jenn4him says:

    Lovely! I believe those things used to be called “curiosities.” We even have the yellow jacket that stung this fall Trevor in a jar! 🙂

    1. Annie Kate says:

      That is so cool! Lots of memories and learning opportunites, all mixed together. 🙂

  2. JoAnn says:

    Love that idea. We don’t have room for an area like that, but we do have a few fossil rocks. Sarah loves collecting rocks, especially fossil rocks. 🙂

    1. Annie Kate says:

      I love collecting rocks too, but run out of space for them right away. My mom washes hers and displays them in water in a glass jar on a window sill. That looks gorgeous. She adds a bit of bleach to the water to prevent anything from growing on the rocks. I don’t think that would work for fossils, though, but it does for pretty beach rocks.

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  4. Briana says:

    Very nice! I love fossils. We only have a few though.

  5. I love the term, “museum.” We have an ever-growing nature collection, but calling it a museum makes it sound so much more reverent and important. Glad to have found your site!

    1. Annie Kate says:

      Yes, calling it a museum makes a huge difference in my outlook. LOL

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