Creatures of Light
Explore the extraordinary organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies found in backyards around the world to the alien-like deep-sea fishes and other fantastic creatures that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans.
In Creatures of Light, visitors move through a series of luminous environments, from the familiar mushrooms on land to the extreme in the deepest parts of the ocean, to explore the diversity of organisms that glow and how they do it. Visitors will discover the ways in which light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey and defend against a predator, and to learn how, where and why scientists study this amazing natural phenomenon.
Throughout the gallery, visitors can deepen their experience by interacting with iPads, which will offer engaging videos, animations, photographs and additional in-depth content about bioluminescence and related phenomena designed exclusively for this exhibition. Additional interactive exhibits and videos will offer visitors of all ages engaging opportunities to meet scientists whose work contributes to the exploration of bioluminescence. A symphonic soundtrack, created for Creatures of Light by composer Tom Phillips, evokes the magical experience of bioluminescence.
Creatures of Light will run March 11 through July 9, 2017
Test your brain power and problem solving skills like never before!
Enter the wonderfully puzzling world of Mindbender Mansion, an eclectic place full of brainteasers and interactive challenges guaranteed to test the brain power and problem solving skills of even the most experienced puzzlers. Visitors to this fun and quirky mansion are invited to join the Mindbender Society by gathering hidden clues and secret passwords scattered throughout the various thematic rooms of the house. The clues and passwords are revealed by solving select brainteasers and group challenges.
Master each of the 40 individual brainteasers and the five large-scale group activities. In order to solve these puzzles, visitors must identify patterns, think ahead, use logical reasoning, and look at the problems from different perspectives, setting aside preconceived ideas.
The essential scientific tasks of problem solving and critical thinking are at the heart of Mindbender Mansion. Explore the neuroscience principles at work in each challenge, and polish your communication, collaboration, leadership, and teamwork skills as you manipulate a tilt table, form patterns in rolling chairs, keep up with a conveyor belt, maneuver a flying machine, and more.
Mindbender Mansion will run May 27 through September 3, 2017
Whales: Giants of the Deep
For centuries, whales have captured our imaginations and ignited our emotions. We have revered and
mythologised them, hunted them to the brink of extinction and passionately protected them. But how much
do we really know about whales?
Whales: Giants of the Deep brings the world of whales to life by increasing visitors’ knowledge and understanding
of this extraordinary group of mammals and by presenting new perspectives on some unique relationships
between humans and whales.
Explore the amazing world of whales, through a unique blend of science and storytelling. This exhibition draws
on one of the largest whale collections in the world – from Te Papa, New Zealand. See enormous skeletons, explore
whaling history, build a dolphin and more.
This highly interactive and theatrical exhibition is designed to engage visitors of all ages. The exhibition presents
the latest cetacean research from the international scientific community in accessible and innovative ways. It
explores the diversity, biology and adaptation of whales life in the oceans, with a focus on the whales of the South
Pacific. It also tells the rich cultural stories of the relationships between people of the South Pacific and whales.
The powerful combination of accessible, interactive science and cultural storytelling will bring your
visitors ‘eye to eye’ with these magnificent yet enigmatic marine mammals.
Whales: Giants of the Deep will run October 22 through April 15, 2017
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