Look for clues in the fossil record as you examine claws, teeth, and bones. Investigate models of other prehistoric animals and compare them to modern day animals to gain a better understanding of these ancient creatures.
Handle and touch specimens and artifacts as you explore many wonders of natural history and science. Discovery boxes provide hands-on experiences with natural objects such as rocks, shells, and animal feet. You can make observations and ask questions to identify artifacts.
Hall of the Cosmos
From our solar system to galaxies and beyond, the Hall of the Cosmos provides interactive opportunities like the Magic Planet - a spherical digital globe, three dimensional model of the Big Dipper, and the black hole gravity well with computer kiosk. The gallery also features scaled models and large format Hubble Space Telescope images. Stop by the Tech Theater to watch astronomy related video content. Currently playing is ViewSpace, an internet-fed, self-updating, permanent exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope. Come and find your place in space.
Live Animal Room
Understand how zoologists classify animals based on a variety of traits. Explore some of the unique characteristics of insects, arthropods, reptiles, and amphibians as you classify examples of the Museum's live animals. Pay attention and look carefully - not all characteristics are visible. Touching is encouraged.
Special Exhibits Gallery
Renovation to the museum's main floor has greatly expanded the exhibit space. Currently, this area is being used for temporary exhibits, but it will also house an expansion of future permanent exhibitions.
Learn about birds, rocks, and bugs galore as you explore the Museum's natural history collections. What can they teach us about our world? A scavenger hunt tailored to your group's age will open your students' eyes to a wide variety of amazing specimens. Learn fascinating facts for your next outdoor adventure.