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  • Take a Closer Look

    © Larry Ralph

    Take a Closer Look exhibit entrance
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    Boys in Take a Closer Look exhibit
  • © Nicolaus Czarnecki

    Boy in Take a Closer Look exhibit

Permanent Exhibit - On Exhibit

Take a Closer Look

Exercise your powers of perception to see what you can discover when you pay attention to your senses, and learn about ways technology can extend our reach beyond what we can perceive on our own.

Explore the world around you using sight, hearing, touch, and smell.

To supplement our own bodies' capabilities, we have developed technologies to help us extend our senses — to help us perceive things that are too fast, too small, too far away, or invisible to the naked eye.

Use an infrared camera to explore hot spots around you, track cosmic particles in a cloud chamber, or find the hidden crown in every splash of milk. See a sound wave, and identify images taken by our scanning electron microscope (SEM), which is is capable of magnifying objects up to 200,000 times.

Request a demonstration of the scanning electron microscope by e-mailing at least two weeks in advance; all requests are pending confirmation and subject to availability.


Blue Wing, Lower Level. Find on map

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  • Multisensory Interactives
  • Wheelchair Accessible