There are quite a few museums in Stavanger – David found a list of them and their open hours on the internet Saturday morning. In the off-season, they have quite short hours – some only open for 5 hours on Sundays. That’s OK – we didn’t have anything momentous planned for today, so we decided to start the list at the top.
The museum building is old – the first part of it was built in the 1800’s. The exhibit in the basement – Grinning Skeletons – is made up of stuffed animals dating back to the very first exhibits. David had commented on the poor taxidermy job – I guess that’s why it wasn’t up to modern standards. right at the bottom of the stairs, guarding the exhibit, was a human skeleton standing inside the jaw bone of a sperm whale….. I didn’t get a photo because there were always so many people standing by it, but it was impressive. This is one of the whale skeletons.
There was a model of a deep ocean trench, and videos about how they are collecting data about the life and conditions under the sea, as well as a video set up where you could pick the park of the undersea landscape you wanted to explore, and which type of life.
Along with these, there were many examples of art, both photographs and drawings, ancient and modern, of sea life. This photo of a jewel squid by David Shale really caught my eye. The colours, teal and burgundy and gold, had my quilting brain working instantly. This squid was found 500 meters below sea level, and is also called the cock-eyes squid, as it has one large eye which it keeps pointed up toward the sun, and a small one with which it looks down into the depths for prey.
There was a lot more about the history of Stavanger area – I would love to go again – there was so much to take in.