Category Archives: Live Collections

Yellowstone National Park Heritage and Research Center

hcr_2Gardiner, Montana is home to today’s “Museum of the Day,” the National Park Service’s Yellowstone National Park Heritage & Research Center.

Always on my radar, the national park system comprises 401 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House.

The Heritage & Research Center (HRC), located at 20 Old Yellowstone Trail in historic Gardiner, Montana, is a state-of-the-art facility that is home to Yellowstone National Park’s museum collection, archives, research library, historian, and archeology lab.

This 32,000-square-foot, facility is located on seven acres adjacent to the Gardiner School. It now houses almost 3,000 linear feet of historic records, 90,000 photographic prints and negatives, 20,000 books and manuscripts, 300,000 cultural and natural science specimens, over 35,000 archeological artifacts and approximately 10,000 plant specimens. The HRC provides a 500% increase (from 1,642 to 8,017 square feet) in library and archives space including storage, processing areas, reading rooms, and offices; and a 700% increase (from 1,206 to 8,906 square feet) in museum spaces including storage, processing areas, and offices. It was not only designed to improve space for the collections, including room for 25 years of growth, but also to improve access and ease working conditions for employees, visitors, and researchers; increase security; better accommodate tours; and showcase rotating exhibits.

I always enjoy a stop at any of the NPS sites. Maybe someday I will have seen all 401 of them.




The Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum

oahu-free-bishops-museum-interior-full1Aloha! Welcome to Honolulu, Hawai’i for today’s “Museum of the Day”. It’s one of the best comprehensive museum experiences in the state.

The Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures.

Mr. Bishop built the magnificent Polynesian and Hawaiian Halls on the grounds of the original Kamehameha Schools for Boys. The Museum and School shared the Kapālama campus until 1940 when a new larger school complex was opened nearby on Kapālama Heights.

Today, Bishop Museum is the largest museum in the state and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. It also has one of the largest natural history specimen collections in the world. Serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians is a primary purpose of the Museum.

The Museum also operates the Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden on the island of Hawai‘i.



Georgia Aquarium

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The Georgia Aquarium is the world’s largest aquarium with more than 10 million gallons of water and more aquatic life than any other aquarium. Situated in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium is a nonprofit organization dedicated to being a global leader in research and conservation programs that mirror the unique and amazing animals seen within the facility.

Since its founding, Georgia Aquarium has been committed to inspiring current and future generations through a focus on respectful display, education and conservation of marine mammals and all aquatic species. Aquarium staff, partners and researchers are impacting the future of our aquatic world by ensuring that guests learn and care about the extraordinary animal ambassadors and in the hopes they become advocates on their behalf. The six distinct galleries within Georgia Aquarium depict different aquatic habitats, ranging from arctic to tropical waters, featuring the largest collection of aquatic animals.

The Aquarium is a $250+ million gift to the Atlanta community and the people of the state of Georgia from Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot, and his wife Billi, through the Marcus Foundation. The Aquarium in total is a $433+ million facility. The Aquarium opened debt-free to the city of Atlanta November 23, 2005. The Aquarium is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, overseen by a board of directors.



Smithsonian National Zoological Park

ImageToday’s Museum of the Day celebrates one of the 19 museums in the Smithsonian Institution’s constellation of museums, the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park.

In anticipation of the big reveal of the beautiful baby panda bear, we picked an image of Bao Bao, who will be visible to the general public starting January 18th. Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) Members get an early view on January 11th.

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo was established on March 2, 1889, by an Act of Congress for “the advancement of science and the instruction and recreation of the people.” Today, the National Zoo exhibits living animal and plant collections, and conducts research in conservation biology and reproductive science. Its mission is to provide leadership in animal care, science, education, and sustainability.

Each year, more than two million people visit the National Zoo’s 163-acre park in the heart of Washington, D.C., to learn about the 2,000 animals representing nearly 400 species. Nearly a quarter of the animals at the National Zoo are members of endangered species, and include giant pandas, Asian elephants, white-naped cranes, and western lowland gorillas.

If you manage to find yourself in Washington, D.C. next week, a trip to the National Zoo will be well worth it! How can you go wrong with a baby panda bear?



Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey, California



Considered by many to be one of the best in the world, this is definitely in the top 5 of the U.S.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has attracted more than 47 million visitors and has won awards for its exhibits, architecture, and cultural and educational impacts. We’re located on historic Cannery Row in Monterey and open daily except Christmas. Hours vary by season. Daily schedules available at or by calling (831) 648-4888.

What to expect

Our mission is to inspire conservation of the oceans.

Tours / Technology

This museum makes use of technology as few I’ve seen. TAKE your smart phone (dumb phones too) and use their mobile website, the native app, AND your texting feature to immerse yourself into the living collections that surround you. You won’t miss any WOW or LOL moments with their live texting features. Wireless internet is available at the Aquarium free of charge. You can browse the internet with your Wi-Fi-enabled cell phones, tablets and other devices.

Collection highlight

The giant pirate ship is a huge hit for must kids!


We offer discounted tickets to active duty and retired military personnel at the door. However, your entire group can receive the discounted rate by purchasing tickets through a military base.

AAA members may also receive a discount when purchasing tickets directly from any Northern California AAA office. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is unable to sell AAA discounts at the gate.

We offer our “two days for the price of one” ticketing program through participating hotels. You may also purchase discounted tickets to the Aquarium plus four more top San Francisco attractions with CityPASS. Additionally, companies sometimes provide discounted tickets to their employees. These special rates are not available through the Aquarium itself, but must be purchased directly from these institutions. We also extend a discount to groups of 12 or more when paying together with an advance reservation.

The Aquarium strives to be fully accessible to the disabled. Wheelchairs are available free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis at the Information Desk inside the Main Entrance. Learn more about our accessibility options


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