- A large children's section, which was great. The most interesting thing was a large contraption that moved blue plastic balls around and represented the movement of water through the ecosystem. It's a small wing, but the quality of the exhibit is good.
- A VERY nice outdoor play area, again with a focus on moving water. There are water guns to shoot, pumps to move water, and typical playscape equipment. B loved this stuff.
A wing that housed one small exhibit of oil paintings, most with orchids as the subject matter. The art was okay, but not my favorite. I wish I could remember the artist...
- Multiple small rooms, primarily for children. One had 4-5 live reptiles and amphibians, and another had a water / ecology interactive area.
- A small multimedia room with still images from the Hubble Space Telescope, a video documentary, and some rock exhibits.
- Several nice sculpture pieces, displayed outdoors in the courtyards.
- A wing that was hosting a traveling motorcycle exhibit. We didn't pay the extra $$$ to get into this area.
For the valley, the content of the museum was good. Compared to other metropolitan museums I've visited, the museum earns a C-. My favorite part of the museum was the architecture of the building itself. Photos follow...
Spanish Mission Play Area with One of the Largest Mesquite Trees I've Seen
Interesting "Beehive" Made from Recycled Plastic Decking Material