Museum of Science To Present Two New Exhibits: Reptiles: The Beautiful & The Deadly and K'NEX: Building Thrill Rides

October 21, 2010

BOSTON, October 21, 2010—This fall, the Museum of Science will present two new exhibits, Reptiles: The Beautiful & the Deadly and K'NEX: Building Thrill Rides. Included with Exhibit Halls admission, these two exhibits will provide visitors with an opportunity to take on the roles of biologist and engineer and explore both the natural and the human-made worlds — an essential part of the Museum's mission in transforming the nation's relationship with science and technology.

On Sunday, November 7, the Museum of Science will open Reptiles: The Beautiful & the Deadly, the world's largest traveling reptile exhibition created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland. Visitors may explore a display of live deadly snakes, colorful lizards, bizarre turtles, and rugged crocodilians exhibited in naturalistic habitats. Through engaging interactives and bold interpretive graphics, visitors will learn about the major groups of modern cold-blooded reptiles through cutting-edge science and the perspective of conservation.

Also opening on November 7, and sponsored by EMC Corporation, K'NEX: Building Thrill Rides will allow visitors to explore the science, math, and technology behind amusement park thrill rides. Created by K'NEX Industries, the exhibit features models constructed solely from K'NEX rods and connectors, including a roller coaster measuring over 10 feet tall, a six-foot Ferris wheel, and a variety of swing rides from three to 10 feet. K'NEX will bring scientific and engineering concepts to life to visitors, who will be able to conduct simple experiments to explore physical forces such as potential and kinetic energy, and linear and rotational motion.

Reptiles: The Beautiful & the Deadly will be presented at the Museum of Science from November 7 through January 4, 2011. K'NEX: Building Thrill Rides will be on exhibit from November 7 through January 17, 2011. Both exhibits are included with regular Exhibit Halls admission: $21 for adults, $19 for seniors (60+), and $18 for children (3-11). For more information, the public can call 617/723-2500, (TTY) 617/589-0417, or visit

About the Museum of Science:

The Museum takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering and technology, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year via its programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a multi-museum, $20 million National Science Foundation-funded nanotechnology education initiative. The Museum's Science Is an Activity exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy® aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. The Museum is ranked #3 by Parents Magazine in its list of the country's "Ten Best Science Centers." For more information visit