Upcoming Exhibitions

Note: These dates are subject to change.

Amazing Butterflies

January 21, 2017–April 23, 2017
R.P. Simmons Family Gallery

Visitors embark on a journey revealing the unusual relationships among caterpillars, butterflies, and their natural surroundings. By weaving through a room-sized maze, children adventure through leaves, learn how to move like a caterpillar, transform into a butterfly, and take flight.

The Power of Poison

May 27, 2017–September 3, 2017
R.P. Simmons Family Gallery

Explore poison’s paradoxical roles in nature, health, history, literature, and myth. Whether as a defense against predators, a source of magical strength, or a lethal weapon used as lifesaving medical treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. Discover the toxic species that live in a remote Colombian forest, where poisons are one of many tools in organisms’ struggles to survive. Learn about evolutionary strategies that serve animals and plants; see live animals, including a gila monster, Flame Butterfly caterpillars, and others up close. Learn how studying poison’s effects on human cells helps scientists figure out how to protect, repair, and heal them.