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The Human Body Gallery provides interactive displays and exhibits exploring a variety of topics on what makes us human and what keeps us alive, including physiology, genetics, and cell biology.
The Cell Lab: Participate in a hands-on biology experience run by volunteers and staff giving you the opportunity to use real lab equipment and perform short experiments. Observe your own cheek cells under a microscope, extract DNA from wheat germ, stain and identify real chromosomes in a fruit fly dissection, and more.
Perception Theater: Step into the Perception Theater and prepare for an engaging and interactive experience. This 20-minute program is fully automated, and uses imaging, video, audio, and sensory experience to illustrate the "magic" of the brain and the power of perceptions. You'll be given the chance to participate in a number of experiments while seated in the theater that will demonstrate how your own brain works in ways you may not even have been aware.
Egyptian Mummy: Given to the Science Museum in 1925, the Egyptian mummy ranks as a favorite among visitors.
Bloodstream Superhighway: See and feel the experience of blood pumping through veins with a 100-foot-long, two-inch diameter clear plastic tube pumping blood-like fluid around the gallery's cardiovascular exhibits.
Body Hotel: Use a magnifying glass and microscope to view a variety of organisms that can live on or in the human body. Learn more about the residents who've checked into Hotel You.
Body Slices: View a real human skeleton and actual thinly sliced sections of a real human body that show what a body's insides look like.
Nano: Do you know about nano? Nano is anything so small it can only be measured in nanometers—one-billionth of a meter or 100,000 times smaller than the width of a hair! Learn what makes these tiny particles unique and what they're being used for.
Meet University of Minnesota Medical Students: Each year the University of Minnesota Medical School's Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society organizes medical students to volunteer at the Science Museum's Human Body gallery on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (schedule subject to change). Please stop by the Human Body gallery on Saturdays to chat with your future physicians!
Learn More About the Human Body
Habits of the Heart
Tissues of Life
What is the Human Genome? (PDF | 248 KB)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Schwitzer health news blog
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Neuroscience For Kids