Wooly Mammoth? Psh, More Like Wussy Mammoth.

I'd Natural Her History... What?

Is there a Museum of Natural History in every large city of importance?

It feels like it. Doesn't it?

Is it some sort of right of passage?

Will all the other big cities in the world not take you seriously unless you have a Natural History Museum, a Contemporary Art Museum, and a Zoo?

I know I'm not impressed with an up-and-coming urban locale if it doesn't have "the big 3". But that might just be me.

Anyway. I had a damn good time at Vienna's Naturhistorisches Museum.

We saw a ton of stuffed animals (not the toy kind), some cool exhibits on human evolution, and the Venus of Willendorf, a 4-inch tall statue made about 30,000 years ago that is one of the first figurines based on the female figure.

It's a super interesting time, and I'd definitely recommend it if you ever find yourself in Austria. 

Check it:

 

 "How should we greet all the visitors to the museum?"  "Oh I know. Let's have a  balloon animal-looking statue  of our most popular item. That'll help make it relevant to the kids!" 

"How should we greet all the visitors to the museum?"

"Oh I know. Let's have a balloon animal-looking statue of our most popular item. That'll help make it relevant to the kids!" 

 That belly button just stares at you no matter where you stand....

That belly button just stares at you no matter where you stand....

 A little bit ornate beauty for all you folks into "atrium porn".

A little bit ornate beauty for all you folks into "atrium porn".

 Don't. Fucking. Move.   There's a Mammoth behind you. A wooly one...

Don't. Fucking. Move. 

There's a Mammoth behind you. A wooly one...

 I don't care how old I get. I'm still gonna get super pumped when I see a display case of swords.

I don't care how old I get. I'm still gonna get super pumped when I see a display case of swords.

 Death Eater.

Death Eater.

 Why's that caveman standing on a lily pad made of stone? Also, he looks completely unsurprised that he caught that fish with a spear. I'd be freaking out.

Why's that caveman standing on a lily pad made of stone? Also, he looks completely unsurprised that he caught that fish with a spear. I'd be freaking out.

 Moira and I had another tourist take a pic of us while we did a little pose. I'm the hairy one.

Moira and I had another tourist take a pic of us while we did a little pose. I'm the hairy one.

 I still can't get over the whole "Dinosaurs had feathers" thing.

I still can't get over the whole "Dinosaurs had feathers" thing.

 "It's adorable! Let's steal it."

"It's adorable! Let's steal it."

 The unsuspecting human has no inkling of the danger that lies just above her shoulder. 

The unsuspecting human has no inkling of the danger that lies just above her shoulder. 

 The Dodo: Poster Child For Extinct Animals.

The Dodo: Poster Child For Extinct Animals.

 A museum full of thousands of animals and I find the Red Panda. Because they're perfect. I want one. So bad. 

A museum full of thousands of animals and I find the Red Panda. Because they're perfect. I want one. So bad.