TAKE A WORLD-WIDE JOURNEY AT MSI!
New temporary exhibit ventures to Earth’s spectacular eco-zones
Chicago (January 30, 2014)—Take a trip to some of the wildest places on the globe in National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers, a new touring exhibit opening at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) on March 20, 2014.
Organized around Earth’s spectacular eco-zones – Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains and Caves, and the African Savanna – Earth Explorers brings the unparalleled adventures of National Geographic to life. Learn about the daring men and women who venture into dangerous and remote parts of the world to discover new places, help protect our planet’s biodiversity and unearth new scientific discoveries. This traveling exhibit will be on display at MSI through September 1, 2014.
“Earth Explorers will provide a great chance for the entire family to discover our planet’s regions, understand more about the world, and take on the role of an explorer,” said Anne Rashford, director of temporary exhibits and events. “This exhibit is highly interactive, making it a fun learning experience for all ages.”
Explore an arctic cabin and test your ability to live in an ice-covered world. Descend into the deep ocean in a 3-D submersible and explore how life forms at varying depths, even coming face-to-face with a great white shark. Identify incredible insects from the Amazon while learning the benefits of biodiversity. Ascend into the thin air of the Himalayas. Soar in a hot air balloon over the Savanna while learning about the life of elephants and other mammals.
CHILL: The Polar Regions
Experience life on ice in Earth’s extreme Polar Regions. Covered with icicles, battered by winds and harsh weather, an Arctic cabin invites hands-on discovery about surviving and thriving in the Polar regions. Assemble the right mix of protein and carbs in “What’s for Dinner?” Watch a polar bear pace outside a window, and flip through the Explorer’s Notebook to learn first-hand survival strategies from photographer Paul Nicklen. Compare your own “thermogram,” heat loss signature, to a polar bear’s and test out how well different gloves protect your hands from the chill of an ice plate.
DIVE: The Oceans
Can you handle life under pressure? Find out in the Oceans eco-zone, where you’ll descend into the deep in a 3-D submersible. Mysteries of life under pressure and at great depths are revealed through stunning National Geographic videos. Learn the science behind submersibles and how life forms at varying depths. Get up close and personal with AIR JAWS, an 11-foot long sculpted great white shark—one of the ocean’s oldest and most misunderstood predators.
TREK: The Rain Forests
Hang out in a prep tent for fun, self-guided discovery about life in the tropical rain forests - the wet, wild and wonderful ecosystem that provides much of the air we breathe, safeguards Earth’s incredible biodiversity and may well hold the key to new life-saving remedies. Try your hand at identifying incredible insects from the Amazon and get “grossed out” with realistic creepy-crawlies while discovering the benefits of biodiversity.
CLIMB: Mountains and Caves
Descend closer to the Earth’s core and ascend to its highest peaks. Meet Carsten Peter, an explorer who takes on Earth’s most challenging caves to share photographs with the rest of the world. Then, ascend into the thin air of the Himalayas, but be careful, you might be caught by a camera trap, the same technology used by explorer Steve Winter to capture photos of the elusive snow leopard.
SOAR: The Savanna
Take a hot air balloon ride to witness “Life On the Move.” Through seamless video production, surround sound and other atmospheric effects, you’ll soon have the sensation of flying over a savanna where wild herds still roam. Next, put your animal tracking and migration mapping skills to the test, and meet explorers who document the incredible life cycles and stories of elephants and other endangered mammals of the savanna.
National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers allows visitors to let their imaginations run wild as they become explorers and embark on an adventure to discover new species, study animal behavior and learn about the important roles technology, innovation and ingenuity play in making and documenting these discoveries.
Produced by Global Experience Specialists (GES) in partnership with National Geographic, Earth Explorers will open March 20 and run through September 1 at MSI. It is not included in Museum Entry but available as part of a Museum Explorer ticket package. Tickets are available now. For additional information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.msichicago.org.
Global Experience Specialists, Inc. (GES), a Viad Corp (NYSE: VVI) company, is a leading marketing agency that produces exhibitions, events, exhibits and retail environments. GES provides a wide range of services, including turnkey official show services, cutting-edge creative and design, marketing and measurement services—all with an unrivaled global reach. GES partners with leading shows and brands, including Spring Fair Birmingham, International Woodworking Fair, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE, Bell Helicopter, L’Oreal, Warner Bros., and Simon Property Group. GES’ National Servicenter® has been recognized with certification under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program℠ for the past five years, and for the fourth year in a row Ad Age has named GES as one of the “World’s 50 Largest Agency Companies.” For more information, visit ges.com or the GES blog at defyingconvention.ges.com.
About National Geographic Traveling Exhibitions
National Geographic is one of the world’s leading organizers of large-scale, traveling exhibitions. Examples include “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” and “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs,” which toured from 2005 to 2010 in 15 cities around the world. Other exhibitions National Geographic has organized include “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt,” “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology,” and the five -city North American tour and four-city Australian tour of “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul.” In addition, National Geographic currently travels more than a dozen photography exhibitions including “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment”. Since 2005, National Geographic traveling exhibitions have been seen by more than 20 million visitors in over 30 countries.
About the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI)
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), one of the largest science museums in the world, offers world-class and uniquely interactive science experiences that inspire inventive genius and foster curiosity. Through groundbreaking and award-winning exhibits that can’t be found anywhere else, to Live Science Experiences that make you the scientist—a visit to MSI is where fun and learning mix. Through its Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE), MSI offers a variety of student, teacher and family programs that make a difference in communities and contribute to the Museum’s larger vision: to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering. Come visit and find your inspiration! MSI is open 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Extended hours, until 5:30 p.m., are offered during peak periods. The Museum is supported in part through the generosity of the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, find MSI online at msichicago.org or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.
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- Organized around Earth’s spectacular eco-zones – Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains and Caves, and the African Savanna – Earth Explorers brings the unparalleled adventures of National Geographic to life. [GES Entertainment]
- DIVE: The Oceans allows guests to explore this particular eco-zone, where they'll descend into the deep in a 3-D submersible. [GES Entertainment]
- Covered with icicles, battered by winds and harsh weather, an Arctic cabin invites hands-on discovery about surviving and thriving in the Polar regions. [GES Entertainment]
- Guests can soar in a hot air balloon over the Savanna while learning about the life of elephants and other mammals. [GES Entertainment]
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