Top 12 exhibit items - ranked by Museum staff

Our staff took a few moments to reflect on their favorite exhibit items and here's what they had to say:

  1. Beverly Bruno - My favorite exhibit at the Museum is the Native Plant Garden, specifically our huge buckeye tree. It is a wonderful space for events and I love utilizing it when I can.
  2. Emily Gottlieb - I love the new geology cases. The models of the radiolarians are my favorite things in the museum right now. Rads are so tiny, but they can tell us so much information about the Earth's past, plus they’re beautiful!
  3. Annie Holdren - My favorites are the glass models of butterfly life cycle stages - eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises - displayed in the Monarch Gallery. In fact, I like them so much I'm planning a blog about them.
  4. Jeanette Kihs - I love our refurbished insect and butterflies display and how close visitors can get to the specimens. Where else can you do that? The display was refreshed almost entirely by a volunteer, and when I pass it by, I'm reminded of the dedication of our volunteer corps. We have awesome volunteers.
  5. Stacey Limone - I call my favorite Museum exhibit “The Bobcat, Fox & Bunny Exhibit” - because they seem to be arranged with personality as a group of friends, similar to how I would set up my collection of stuffed animals across my bed when I was a kid. At the same time, they seem in their own worlds. The bunny is washing its face, the bobcat is chasing a butterfly, etc. Also, every time I close the Museum and shut off the lights, they are the last creatures I see when I walk down the stairs. This reminds me of “The Waltons” TV show. At the end of every episode the siblings called good night to each other in the dark. I sometimes say, "Good night Mary Ellen, Good night Jim-Bob!" It makes me happy.
  6. Martin Morones - My favorite exhibit is of the bobcats batting down the moth. Even though they are wild, they have similar characteristics of our domesticated cats at home.
  7. Deanna Sinsel - My favorite is the sand vial case. I love the idea that someone took the time to collect the sand, store them, and catalog them. I love the penmanship on the vials. It’s becoming a lost art.
  8. Paul Van de Carr - My favorite exhibit item would have to be "Leucothea," the jade sculpture by Don Wobber. It's incredibly beautiful, and I love how visitors are drawn to it and can't resist touching it.
  9. Mary Martha Waltz - I love the exhibit case with the bobcat, foxes, and rabbits. I see at least one of them each day while walking in Carmel Valley.  I never get that close to them, so I love seeing their coloring, shape, and markings in the Museum.
  10. Ann Wasser - The bird collection. People are blown away that there are that many birds in Monterey County.
  11. Todd Weston - My favorite display right now is the gynandromorphic (half male and half female) monarch butterfly. I think it's a great example of how amazing and interesting nature can be.
  12. Patrick Whitehurst - As a fan of old mad scientist movies from the 1940s and 1950s, the whale eyeball in the jar of denatured alcohol is one of my favorite items. It’s a little creepy, but fascinating at the same time.