TAKE A WORLD-WIDE JOURNEY AT MSI!
New temporary exhibit ventures to Earth’s spectacular eco-zones
Chicago (March 20, 2014)—Take a trip to some of the wildest places on the planet in National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers, a new touring exhibit, which opens 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, great for kids, is on display at MSI through September 1, 2014.
“Earth Explorers provides 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.
Guests will start their “adventure” by climbing aboard an off-road vehicle like those used by filmmakers and scientists in the field. The vehicle will contain video monitors showing actual footage captured by explorers in the ecosystems featured in the exhibit.
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 an 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. Guests will learn about penguins and other species native to Antarctica.
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 replica 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. You will learn about underwater creatures’ hunting habits through the use of a Crittercam.
TREK: The Rain Forests
Hang out in a prep tent for a 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. You can climb a mountain and learn about the animals that make their homes there, and explore a crystal cave featuring an interactive activity that will allow users to touch and illuminate a selection of crystals. 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 the savanna where wild herds still roam. Next, put your animal tracking and migration mapping skills to the test through an interactive activity matching scat samples with the animals that produced them. Meet explorers who document the incredible life cycles and stories of elephants and other endangered mammals of the savanna.
Each of the six areas in Earth Explorers feature a unique interactive digital experience that utilizes an advanced technology, augmented reality (AR), to bring various animals inside the exhibit to life. Using their iPhone or iPad, guests can watch as the featured animal walks its way up their arm or outreached hand.
National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers allows guests 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 opens March 20 and runs through September 1 at MSI. It is not included in Museum Entry but is 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. Pepsi is generously sponsoring Earth Explorers’ appearance at MSI.
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
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the member-supported Society offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference. The Society reaches more than 500 million people worldwide each month through its media platforms, products and events. It is one of the world’s leading organizers of large-scale, traveling exhibitions. Since it launched “Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs” in 2004, National Geographic has organized two more Egyptian-themed exhibitions, “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” and “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt.” Other traveling exhibitions include “Indiana Jones and the Adventure of Archaeology,” “Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution,” “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment” and “Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul.” Since 2009, National Geographic traveling exhibitions have been seen by more than 20 million visitors.
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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- Earth Explorers at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago brings the unparalleled adventures of National Geographic to life. [J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
- TREK: The Rain Forests allows guests to explore this particular eco-zone, where they'll hang out in a prep tent for a fun, self-guided discovery. [J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
- DIVE: The Oceans puts guests face-to-face with AIR JAWS, an 11-foot-long sculpted great white shark. [J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
- SOAR: The Savanna puts guests' animal tracking and migration mapping skills to the test. [J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
- CHILL: The Polar Regions features an Arctic cabin to teach guests about surviving and thriving in the extreme cold. [J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
- CLIMB: Mountains and Caves allows guests to touch and illuminate a selection of crystals. [J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago]
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