• Natural Mysteries

  • © Nicolaus Czarnecki

  • © Nicolaus Czarnecki

  • © Nicolaus Czarnecki


Natural Mysteries

Permanent Exhibit

Our Museum Exhibits team has thoroughly reviewed every exhibit component throughout the entire Museum to assess its safety and risk for transmission. As a result, some venues and exhibits, like Natural Mysteries, have been modified for your safety.

Scientists use classification to uncover the natural world’s hidden patterns and meanings. With its reference library of interesting objects, enticingly mysterious environments, and hands-on activities, Natural Mysteries inspires you to use this basic skill in brand-new ways.

Explore North American habitats: a Sonoran desert cave and a sandy beach where you can observe and classify rocks and minerals, leaves, and shells. You can also view the outside and safely peer into an abandoned schoolhouse in the New England woods, which offers some clues.

At the center of the exhibit is an old-style museum where the collection drawers are yours to explore. Observe selections from the Museum's collection of donated stuffed animals, some of which are over 100 years old.


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