Friday, January 18, 2019

Birthday 2019 Part 3

On to the Second Section of the Exhibit

Hello! Did you know hi and hello come from Old Norse? Don't go berserk if your google search doesn't say the same thing; I googled "hello in old Norse" and saw the drop down "how do Vikings say hello." Then I found the site omniglot that had audio files. It's all pretty cool. Let's look at the rest of my field trip!

Picking Up Where we Left Off

Yesterday I took a break when we headed down the ramp to the next section of the Vikings Beyond the Legend exhibit.
The first thing we came across was the second ship. This is the biggest of the three. The metal frame was constructed as an outline of the ship would have been in size and shape. Inside were a few original timbers.
Behind the screen showed a similar ship on a stormy sea. I don't know how they made it to the places they did in these little boats! At least the S.S. Minnow had a below deck area. Nonna got this great shot. You can see it is a big boat, but still not a ship like the the US Navy has or even the cruise lines.
This ship had an interactive screen that acted like a small holo deck. As you moved it you could get a glimpse of section of the boat filled with Viking rowing or with the sail raised. The sail made me laugh because it blocked the view. I mean, all you saw was sail. (giggles) When you finished learning about this ship, you could try rowing yourself. I took the middle bench.
This also had an interactive pad. The screen showed me standing next to a Viking commander. Here's a look at the things you could do with the pad. 
If you touched action he would turn toward me and speak. If you touched "take a screenshot" it would email you a photo of you and the Viking. If you touched language you'd get a lesson in Old Norse. Here's my screenshot keepsake.
Speaking of language, (giggles) another interactive area let you type in words and see what they would look like in runes. The runes appeared from bottom to top. Nonna did my name!
So then I started with Tea Time with Melody Q. You might have to zoom in on the photo to really see the runes.

Then Kirsten.

Can you guess whose mane this is? (giggles)
Vikings like miniatures too. check out these tools and dress pins.
This is really cool. It's a reproduction of the Jelling Stone. This three sided stone marked the birth of Denmark, the move to Christianity, and more. Check out this link to learn more and see photos of the original.

At the very end was a quiz to see how much you learned. That was fun. 

Outside we saw the third ship hanging over main entry.
Of course we toured a few more spots throughout the Franklin Institute. The pendulum staircase is amazing. I could watch it for hours!
Looking up...
Across from the staircase is Benjamin Franklin Hall. Ben is pretty cool.
There are three levels of cool sites. 
Should we go up or down?
We went down to the space section. Check out this telescope!
Then we went to the train factory section. Did you know that if you visit a tourist train or train museum in your state and the locomotive is a Baldwin that it came from Philadelphia.

Of course, we hit the gift shop! This looks like an interesting book. And the astronaut is pretty cool!
DRAGON! His name is Torbjorn and he went home with us.
Such a wonderful morning!

Thank you for coming to visit! As the Vikings say, "Takk."

I'll tell you about lunch later.

Best wishes!

Note: Tea Time with Melody Q is not affiliated with American Girl or the Franklin Institute. All links are provided for educational and informative purposes. No purchase is suggested or required to enjoy the post. 



  1. such a fun post - that little one went eveywhere - so much energy! I would need q few cups of earl grey to keep up :P hehehe

    1. Hahahaha! We finished the day with a lovely white Earl Grey!

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  3. Looks like a really fun day! They used to have one of those pendulums at the Smithsonian (not sure if they still do). I remember being fascinated by it too!

    1. It really was a fun day! I'm glad the weather was nice and the traffic light. The pendulum is such a great piece. A very subtle physics lesson. I wonder what Sheldon would say about it. :-D