Water: H2O = Life | Science Museum of Minnesota

Water: H2O = Life

Water: H2O = Life is a thought-provoking, informative, and entertaining exhibition that examines our planet’s lifeblood. Water is essential to life as we know it. As it cycles from the air to the land to the sea and back again, water shapes our planet and nearly every aspect of our lives. Imaginative presentation techniques including a 68-inch globe displaying composite satellite images of Earth, 3D video, live animals, walk-through dioramas, and more than 90 artifacts and models give visitors a firsthand experience of the power and importance of water. The exhibition also addresses the compelling issues facing societies and ecosystems around the globe related to water quality and availability.

Water: H2O = Life is organized by the Science Museum of Minnesota and the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center, Cleveland; The Field Museum, Chicago; Instituto Sangari, São Paulo, Brazil; National Museum of Australia, Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Singapore Science Centre with PUB Singapore.

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Water Entry
Water entry
From the first glimpse, visitors are drawn toward the exhibition WATER: H20 = Life. The exhibition entry is intriguing and irresistible—visitors literally enter the exhibition by passing through a wall of water.

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Fog screen
Fog screen
As they approach the entry, visitors see the word for “water” in many languages projected onto the surface of a gently shifting screen of water mist. They feel the touch of cool water on their skin as they pass through the mist into the exhibit.

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Three states
Three states
Beautiful and compelling, this piece offers a tactile experience with water in each of its three states. It invites visitors to know and wonder at the properties of the influential water molecule.

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Science on a Sphere
Science on a Sphere
In Blue Planet, visitors get a really big picture view of how water drives Earth’s dynamic systems and supports all life on the planet.

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Porous rock
Porous rock
This hands-on model helps visitors understand groundwater—the vast reserves of fresh water hidden below Earth’s surface. Visitors direct dripping water onto four rock samples and observe their varying levels and types of porosity.

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Artesian well
Artesian well
In its resting state, this model shows how an artesian well or spring bubbles water to the surface.

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Story blocks
Story blocks
This interactive has been adapted for use in several SMM exhibitions. In WATER, the story blocks tell four separate but related stories of life adapted to the demands of the Arctic.

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Video microscope
Video mircoscope
This component lets visitors use a tool of science (a microscope) to explore the hidden world in a water drop. Visitors can view any or all of six slides. Each slide shows a single organism within a complex microscopic world.

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Quiz show
Quiz show
Up to three players compete—and others participate as helpers and observers—in a fast-paced, game-show-style quiz of their water knowledge. The Quiz Show was originally developed by SMM as part of its Science Buzz project.

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Dam removal
Dam removal
This component models the running water and sediments in a river channel and demonstrates what happens to sediment flow and sediment distribution when a channel is dammed.

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Artifact case (Not a Drop to Drink)
Artifact case (Not a Drop to Drink)
In areas where water is scarce, people often need to collect water and then transport it over great distances. People have devised vessels for collecting, transporting, and storing every precious drop.