Nebraska was once home to mammoths and a rich natural history. This week's One Tank Trip takes us to Morrill Hall on the campus of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
"We have something amazing around every corner here at Morrill Hall. People will see where we came from and where we're going in the natural world," said Associate Director Mark Harris.
Located on the campus of UNL, Morrill Hall is the home to Nebraska's natural history. It was built in 1926. You can see a lot of fossils here, but that's not all.
"We have a lot of divisions of science represented in this museum. We have anthropology,
botany, entomology, we represent pretty much all the natural sciences in this building," said Harris.
Morrill hall has the largest mounted mammoth in the world and one of the world's premiere collections of fossil elephants. And like those elephants that never forget, folks will remember their visit here.
"People really remember their visits to Morrill Hall. I have people 40 to 50 years old who
come up to me and say that they remember their first visit when they were in grade school."
In addition to seeing the many fossils, kids have a chance to dig up their own. The majority of the collection was found right here in Nebraska. The hall showcases only one percent of UNL's entire collection. The rest is housed in nearby Nebraska Hall for research.
"We have this building to show nebraska's precious and cultural history," Harris boasts.
And if these ancient fossils can have fun sticking around here, you're sure to have a good old time too.
"It's a museum unlike any other in the region. We have Nebraska's best display of fossils and the world's best collection of fossil elephants and kids and adults love it here."
Sixty thousand visitors go to morrill hall every year. Not only does it provide research opportunitihes for the university, but it also hosts birthday parties for guests.