Upcoming Exhibitions

Note: These dates are subject to change.

Amazing Butterflies

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

Shrink down to the size of a butterfly, and take flight on a fun adventure this winter at Amazing Butterflies. Discover a surprise around each corner as you navigate an engaging maze-like exhibition that’s all about butterflies, caterpillars, and their environments. Kids and parents alike can climb in pupa pods, crawl like a caterpillar through a monarch tunnel, soar down the butterfly zip line, and fend off a hairy plant attack as blades of grass tower above. Amazing Butterflies combines the fun of a playground, the excitement of interactive learning, and engaging activities to create a unique, family-friendly experience that opens just in time to brighten 2017’s coldest months.

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.