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Bringing Nature Into Lockdowned Lives: #NaturalsciencesAtHome

Visiting the museum virtually through the Google Arts and Culture platform.
30/03/2020
Bringing Nature Into Lockdowned Lives: #NaturalsciencesAtHome
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Reinout Verbeke

If you can’t come to our Museum anymore during this lockdown (light), we have to bring the Museum to your living room! Here’s an update of what we have posted on our social media with #NaturalsciencesAtHome

 

1. The incredibly beautiful six-part documentary series Er was eens (Once upon a time) about our collections, our research and our passionate scientists and technicians. In Dutch. Available on VRTNU until May 17th: https://www.vrt.be/vrtnu/a-z/er-was-eens/

 

2. Visit our Museum virtually on Google Arts and Culture!

Already missing our Museum? Don’t despair! You can walk in streetview through our galleries (with or without 3D glasses) bit.ly/RBINSvirtual and scroll through our online exhibitions bit.ly/RBINSonlinetours

Can’t get enough? Explore loads of other museum tours on Google Arts and Culture platform​. Bye bye boredom!

 

3. Watch home made documentaries about two expeditions: one to Vietnam to find new insect species, one to Siberia to track the migration of the vulnerable red-banded goose (both in French), and three to Antarctica, to find micrometeorites and to track changes in ecosystems due to climate change.

 

4. Upgrade your knowledge about biodiversity with our online course! Are you a nature guide, teacher or educator? Then perhaps you use this time to learn and prepare lessons or guided tours. Would you like to improve your skills and knowledge about biodiversity in Europe? Or are you looking for course material related to biodiversity? Then the online course BIOTALENT is made for you! The course consists of two parts: the general module ‘Biodiversity in a Changing Climate’, followed by a case study module, option 'Herpetofauna’ or 'Medicinal Plants’ (or both!): biotalent.myspecies.info

 

5. Crafting a dinomask, making a bumble bee hotel and other DIY stuff from the Museum.

 

6. Birds are not in lockdown! Bingewatch two Peregrine falcon nests in Brussels on falconsforeveryone.be. And follow life in a tit’s nest through our educational citizen science project XperiBIRD.be (read the blog of participating schools, and watch a the livestreaming of a nest).

 

7. Go on an Insect Safari in your garden or on your terrace. Our entomologists will determinate your finds on Facebook.

 

8. Oh, we really miss passing by our Bernissart Iguanodons, our humpback whale in the entrance hall, our Lier Mammoth, our mosasaurs, our primitive horse and our Spy Neanderthals. As a consolation, we watch our animated videos about these six must-sees...

9. Sing along with the Rap des Copains Cachés: still number one in the top ten of songs that teach children 'population dynamics'! This is the karaoke version (in French and Dutch), especially for #NaturalsciencesAtHome!


10. Fly around in our Dinosaur Gallery in 360°, passing by our Bernissart Iguanodons, our T.rex ‘Stan’ and Plateosaurus ‘Ben’!


11. Show your toddler Iggy! He/she lives in our Museum and will entertain the youngest dinosaur fans.


12. Had enough of your own four walls? Decorate them with these posters created by Joris Snaet Cartoonist for #NaturalsciencesAtHome! Download them here in high resolution.

 

Updates coming soon....

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