Museums on campus
A listing of various museums on campus can be found here although some of the sites are not kept up-to-date so try not to take anything for granted. It's a good idea to call ahead to see if the information is current; closings may not be posted and arriving at a locked door can be frustrating. If you plan a trip to campus, it may be wise to have several ideas in mind; or you can always fall back on people-watching, browsing in the bookstore, and eating (discussed in Part II and below).
Connecticut State Natural History Museum
Today, we'll head to the State Museum of Natural History which houses an informative and interesting exhibit. A visit to the museum helps nurture an appreciation about our state's past so that we may be inspired to think about choices we make in preserving its resources, history, and beauty for generations to come. In terms of finding the museum accessible, handicapped parking and wheelchair ramps are available.
Other activities offered
A listing of various activities offered by the museum on campus and in the field indicates many enjoyable topics to peruse. For example, a maple sugaring lesson sounds like it could be great fun to welcome spring. The activities are listed well ahead of time and pre-registration along with participation fee is sometimes required.
Parking and maps
Parking on campus can be tricky. It's better to go home with good memories rather than a parking ticket. Visitor parking on campus is encouraged in the two large parking garages. If you bring your printable campus map, look for the North Garage (NPRK) closer to North Eagleville Rd. and accessible from Hillside Rd. A more central option is the South Garage (SPRK) closer to the co-op and Harry A. Gampel Pavilion; continue up Hillside Rd. and turn right onto Stadium Rd. from which the garage is accessible. The CT State Natural History Museum is MNH on your map.
Close to the center of campus and the CT State Natural History Museum are some decent places to eat offering energetic campus vibes along with good food. These are Cafe Co-op in the UConn Co-op building (COOP), the Student Union Food Court (SU), and Chuck and Augie's (also found in the Student Union building).
Enjoy the food-for-thought you've gained from the museum as well as the food from these fun spots!