Changing Exhibits

Two times a year our talented curatorial staff design, create and fabricate engaging exhibits in our Changing Gallery. Exhibit themed family workshops, performances and family art projects add to this exhibit experience.

dino scare

Dinosaurs: Thunder Lizards 
October 1- March 1, 2020

animated dino short

Enter a world from millions of years ago!
Encounter a Triceratops, a Stegosaurus, a Brontosaurus and many other ancient creatures as you explore the Dinosaur Jungle Maze. Put on a vest and a pith helmet and uncover fossils at our Paleo-Camp. Look through a microscope and examine teeth, claws and insects trapped in amber!  Who was the very first person to discover a dinosaur bone?  Who is making discoveries even now, at the cutting edge of the dinosaur fields in China?  How has our world changed? What does a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a chicken have in common? (You might be surprised!)  Learn the answers to these questions as you join us in our journey through time!

American Native: First Nations Tales 
March 24 - August 23


American Native: First Nations Tales explores the stories of fifteen tribes from four regions of the United States. Their stories are deeply cultural and reflect the natural wonder of and the close relationship to the land in which we live. Little visitors can put on a pair of moccasins and enter a Plains teepee to hear the Cheyenne tale of QuillWorker, then pat the travois-pulling dog and ride the war horse. In the Pacific North West, they can sit in a Makah style canoe, touch a ‘totem pole’ and listen to the story of Clamshell Boy inside a redwood lodge. Visitors can play Tongva games and musical instruments in the California area, and watch a video of Acjachemen storyteller Jacque Nunez explaining why there are earthquakes when the Turtle Brothers move. Kids can play lacrosse, pat a moose and enter a birchbark wigwam before reading the tale of Little Firefly in the North East. Tribal stories are a great way to explore the original American cultures in a fun, immersive environment, opening a pathway to understanding that kids from every background enjoy stories and story-telling.