FIELD TRIP FRIDAY: National Bottle Museum

Welcome to this week’s installment of FIELD TRIP FRIDAY! We’re having so much fun exploring New York. I’m not sure why it took us so long to get started. I think we just needed a plan. And boy do we have a plan now. Field Trip Friday may go on for quite some time. Although today I’m posting last week’s field trip and we’re having a much needed “Do Nothing Friday” to catch up on our rest! Tired

Last Friday we went to the town of Ballston Spa and visited the National Bottle Museum. The kids were not really jumping for joy at the thought of touring a bottle museum. They weren’t grumpy or anything. They just weren’t overly excited.

Kenny worked on that on the way to the museum. He explained that we weren’t going to just any old run of the mill regular bottle museum. We were going to the National Bottle Museum. The bottle museum representing bottles from all over the entire United States and possibly even the world! By the time we got there even the teenager was wowed and anxious to see the collection.

The cool thing that none of us knew going in (well, except me, but only because I looked at their website before we went 😉 ) is that bottle making was our nation’s first major industry. The museum was set up to preserve that history and houses literally thousands of bottles — some of which even hold uranium within their glass and set off alarms if you get too close. (and no, thankfully, we did not learn this first hand!)

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By the way, have you been wondering if we were taking all of these trips in two vehicles? Nope. My super fabulous rockin’ husband found an extra 3 seat bench for our mini-van for $50 buckaroos! Here’s how we squeeze everyone in:

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Live like no one else, right? 🙂

Here we are standing on the sidewalk outside the museum:

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I’m not sure they get a whole lot of visitors at the National Bottle Museum. Perhaps we just went on a slow day but a very friendly tour guide practically met us at the door and gave us a wonderful and informative tour of the whole place.

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We saw lots of bottles.

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There were bottles from many of the states of the U.S. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the one from Alabama. Alabama still feels like home to me.

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Oh, and Jesse was lots of fun in a bottle museum. Afraid

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They gave us plastic cups when we left the museum and suggested we walk down the road and visit the natural spring and take a sip of the water. We’re gullible. We did it.

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We all took one teeny tiny sip and then poured it out! Yuck! It tasted like iron.

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Dad tried several times to take a drink for his health.

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He didn’t succeed.

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John Elijah was not as gullible as the rest of us. He refused from the outset. And, of course, we didn’t give any to Jesse as the tour guide suggested that it may bother your digestive system if you drank much. Yeah. I know. I don’t know why we did it. Maybe so we could say we did?

To get the yucky taste out of our mouths we had to go out for ice cream afterwards. We let Jesse partake this time.

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Even John Elijah agreed to join in.

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Some people experienced “brain freeze”.

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And some people let the sugar go to their head!

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All in all, another fun field trip in New York!

4 thoughts on “FIELD TRIP FRIDAY: National Bottle Museum

  1. Fun! Love the pictures.
    I laughed when you said the kids didn’t want to go at first. We went on a fieldtrip a couple weeks ago to our city’s waste water plant. Let me tell you, I have a household of girls who really didn’t care or want to know (definitely didn’t want to see…or smell) what happened with the water that left our home. Alas, I didn’t listen to them (but am afraid I wasn’t as good as Kenny in making it intriguing),, so we went and learned anyway. (It was quite interesting, and an appetite suppressant as well.) 😉
    Loved the sling in the picture. Brought back great memories! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing. Fun to see.



  2. Loved your post! Thanks. What’s up with Wesley not wearing glasses?? And, great idea with the new bench seat in the minivan. How do the ones get in the back? maybe climb in through the back hatch, which would be fun!


  3. @Tina: I’m sorry we never went on the waste water plant tour when we were there. It sounded very informative but I’m sure I’d have had balkers on that one, too! I’m going to miss my sling. I won’t get away with it much longer. 🙁

    @Donna Jo: Wesley’s prescription changed and his old glasses were bothering him. We picked up the new ones yesterday so he should look back to normal in the pics now. 🙂


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