This place impressed us when we first saw it years ago, and it's gotten even better. There are galleries with wildlife dioramas, including an Ice Age Woolly Mammoth with thunder and lightning in the sky behind it, and a wall of real ice at the side of the exhibit. There's an astonishing display of stuffed raptors in glass cases that I wished Steve could've been there to enjoy with us. The gallery of artifacts and reconstructed dwellings of the "First Peoples" ("Native Americans" in the U.S.) is wonderful beyond description. Photography is not allowed in that section of the museum, which broke my heart b/c I was ready to go nuts with lots of dramatic lighting and shadows to play with. The photos in this gallery are mostly from the Modern History section, which is a
movie-set replica of an old-time Main Street, with several buildings you can wander around in.
Here's a link to the Museum's Permanent Galleries webpage: