Today, I visited the Milwaukee Public Museum exhibit of “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors”. This was my first visit to the Milwaukee Public Museum, and really, it was also the first time in a long time that I’d visited a traditional museum. One thing that caught me off guard was the omnipresence of dioramas such as this one:
Some of the dioramas were more ordinary, with people in plainclothes representing scientists or archaeologists, and that was quite disconcerting. I kept catching them in the corner of my eye and thinking they were real people. The other disconcerting part was the stuffed animals everywhere. I don’t mean stuffed animals like plushies. These were dead animals turned into trophies. I did not like that at all. Between the posed people and the stuffed creatures, it struck me right in the Uncanny Valley.
Anyways, I headed for the Frogs exhibits, which were awesome. I won a frog sticker for correctly identifying the chirp of a Grey Tree Frog. There were 8-10 aquarium displays with various species of frogs. My favorites were the Waxy Monkey Frogs.
One of them looked particularly contemplative.
Another looked sad.
After spending an hour or so with the frogs, I headed to the museum’s butterfly garden. Just after I walked in, I saw a large butterfly on the floor. I stopped and stood near it, still. It seemed to be crawling along the floor, and I wanted to make sure no one stepped on it. Sure enough, a kid came rushing around the corner primed to squish it unintentionally. I warned the boy to be careful, and he stepped cautiously over the butterfly and the proceeded much slower from thereon out.
This butterfly hung around on me long enough that other butterflies got the idea that I must be awesome somehow. Before long, I was coated in butterflies. I couldn’t move enough to get a good picture without risking losing them all, but I became quite a spectacle. For the rest of the exhibit, the one large butterfly stayed on my head. I eventually started carefully walking around, and the smaller butterflies flitted away. I got a couple of good photos, of course…hard not to in a butterfly garden…but the coolest part was being adored by butterflies for the entire time.
More photos from MPM:
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