A Volunteer’s View

Blog post written by Museum Volunteer – Holly Stack

“Feeling the plush fur of a black bear, the dagger-like canine teeth of a saber-toothed cat, the bumpy surface of real dinosaur egg fossils… For an animal lover, it doesn’t get much better than this, and getting to share the experience can make it even better! I’ve been volunteering at the Museum of Natural History for three years, both behind the scenes in the collection and presenting some of the marvels of the museum to the public. Helping visually impaired visitors explore the museum has been one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve had at the MNH. Translating what you see and take for granted into words and descriptions that bring the beautiful building and the objects within to life is a challenge, but a good mind-stretching one.”

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“The blind and visually impaired visitors are so enthusiastic about handling objects in the collection, especially the skulls and the taxidermy. Feeling the claws of the badger gives you a real appreciation for their burrowing abilities, and those sharp dinosaur teeth on the Allosaurus skull are delightfully scary to touch. Everyone, sighted and with impaired vision, enjoys exploring the mammal and reptile touch tables, adding a different dimension of fun to the museum experience.”

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