Human Body Gallery

Six thousand square feet of highly interactive exhibits invite the visitor to learn about their own body. The exhibit addresses issues of:

  • Identity (how your body is identified genetically, through gender, fingerprints, culture, and many other ways)
  • Order (how human anatomy is organized)
  • Consciousness (how your body senses its surroundings, thinks, stores information, and creates)
  • Change (how your body is constantly changing—every day, every moment, and over evolutionary time)
  • Communication (how your body communicates with itself and with others)
  • Movement (how your body moves blood, nutrients, oxygen, waste, and other things so efficiently)

Labs provide the tools for visitors to perform biomedical experiments including creating and observing slides of their own cheek cells, stranding DNA, and identifying mystery microbes.

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The Body Hotel
The Body Hotel
Visitors use a magnifying glass or a microscope to view a variety of organisms that can live on or in the human body.

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The Cell Lab
The Cell Lab
This is a unique hands-on wet biology lab where visitors use real lab equipment to perform short experiments on topics such as cell biology, genetics, microbiology and enzymes.

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Cheek Cell Station
Cheek Cell Station
This is one of the Cell Lab activity benches where visitors stain their own skin cells and observe the cells with a microscope.

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DNA Extraction
DNA Extraction
This is one of the Cell Lab activity benches where visitors use a simple protocol to extract DNA from wheat germ.

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Giant Chromosomes
Giant Chromosomes
Another activity bench in the Cell Lab, this activity leads visitors through a fruit fly dissection in order to stain and view real chromosomes.

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Demonstration Station
Demonstartion Station
The demonstration station provides a place for museum volunteers or special presenters to show models, tissue samples and dissections, amongst other things.

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Tissue Mysteries
Tissue Mysteries
The visitor role-plays being a doctor or a pathologist to diagnose what is the cause of illness or death in three patients. Real tissue samples, x-rays, and test results are used.

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Tissue Invaders
Tissue Invaders
Visitors use models of several microbes (bacteria and viruses) to try to successfully invade a cell in the nose or throat and cause infection.
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