This weekend, the entire family packed up and headed down the mountain for a visit to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. I felt like I needed to share some of this experience with the world at large, because if you’re not familiar with the NCMNS, you are missing something special. For years, the museum was a solid and fun experience for myself, my partner, and the geeklings, the latter of which especially enjoy the skeleton of Acrocanthosaurus. With the recent completion of the Nature Research Center, the museum has become a real treasure. We made our second visit to the NRC and our first visit to the Museum’s “backyard,” the Prairie Ridge Ecostation. I’ll talk more about both places below the break.