WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2011)—This fall, National Geographic Museum will present the animal kingdom in a whole new light — through disgusting science, interactive games and amazing information about dung beetles, penguins, tapeworms and many more creatures from around the world. Open Sept. 26 through Jan. 2, 2012, “Animal Grossology,” is produced by Advanced Exhibits and based on Sylvia Branzei’s popular Grossology science book series. “Weird but True” is an exhibition created by the museum from a popular series of National Geographic Kids books. Both offer an entertaining and fun way for kids to learn about the animal world. The ticketed exhibitions will be in the National Geographic Museum 17th Street gallery.
“Animal Grossology” introduces kids to animal kingdom science through 15 individual interactive stations and animated characters. Behind each of the modules is a scientific concept presented in a humorous and entertaining yet scientifically accurate manner. Visitors can learn why scatologists study the color and texture of animal waste in “Party Poopers” or go inside a submarine engulfed by a friendly octopus in “Underwater Adventure.” Blood is the focus of two areas — blood-sucking animals in “Blood Sucker Blow Up” and the different colors of animal blood in “Transfusion Confusion.” Visitors can also race dung balls or touch slimy, scratchy or spiny animals in many of the interactive features and games that fill the exhibition.
A complementary exhibition created by the National Geographic Museum draws from the National Geographic Kids “Weird but True” book series. Features include 130 milk jugs illustrating the amount of milk a baby humpback whale drinks in a day, a game that matches animals with their group names, as well as flamingo facts displayed in an installation of lawn flamingoes. Three iPads allow visitors to further explore the book series through the “Weird but True” iPad app.
National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed Dec. 25. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for National Geographic members, military, students, seniors and groups of 25 or more; $4 for children ages 5-12; and free (reservation required) for school, student and youth groups ( age 18 and under). Tickets may be purchased online at www.ngmuseum.org; via telephone at (202) 857-7700; or in person at the National Geographic ticket office, 1600 M Street, N.W., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information on group sales, call (202) 857-7281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photography exhibitions in the museum’s M Street gallery and outdoors are free.
For information on the “Animal Grossology” exhibition, the public should call (202) 857-7588 or visit www.ngmuseum.org.