This is the Edna Lawrence Nature Lab at Rhode Island School of Design. Large cabinets line the walls.
You can open some of the cabinets and touch the collections.
My boy was thrilled to touch this dried puffer fish, and feel how prickly it was.
Our friend loves conch shells. He asked me to get him a conch shell for his birthday so that he can cut a hole in one end and make a horn to blow.
It is fun to get a close look at things you would never have a chance to get close to if they were alive.
You are allowed to draw the collections using dry media.
This student is modeling an armadillo out of clay.
This little girl visits the lab frequently, and while her mother draws, she explores. She showed the boys what was allowed, how to handle the corn snake, and where to wash your hands after touching the live reptiles.
Look at some of the amazing collections. Insects, shells, bird's eggs, pods, seeds, skeletons, stuffed animals, pressed plants and flowers.
These are models of human skeletons. The real bones are locked in a cabinet.
The lab has a Victorian feeling, with the dark old cabinets, untidy plants, and collections of curiosities.
There are some things which you can't touch. But just looking is fun, too. Here, the boys are looking for Pedro the fire-bellied toad in a terrarium.
You're not allowed to touch the objects which have fur or feathers, because they will start to fall apart. This is a coyote from our area.
This dissected turtle, showing all of the internal organs, was fascinating for my boy.
"It's not gross to me," he explained, "Because I'm a scientist."