New science exhibitions from SITES

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Nature Bridge Students observing the contents of One Cubic Foot, Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California, April 9, 2013
Photo credit: Anand Varma

Life in One Cubic Foot, a new traveling exhibition from SITES, invites your visitors to explore the amazing biodiversity of life on Earth. From New York’s Central Park to a Costa Rican cloud forest to South Africa’s Table Mountain, the exhibition reveals the unique plants and animals found in various ecosystems. To compare these ecosystems, scientists use “biocubes”- one-cubic-foot metal frames- to measure a sample of the natural world. The exhibition invites visitors to become scientists in their own backyards by including complete instructions to conduct their own biocube survey.

Life in One Cubic Foot features fascinating composite images by photographer David Liittschwager, three display cases of collection objects and animal models, four hands-on interactives, four compelling videos, and a fully-designed digital template for host venues to display their own biocube survey results.

Visitors will:

  • Look closely at the teeming life found in biocubes
  • Stare into the dozens of eyes of a Paraphronima midwater creature
  • Plan their own biocube survey
  • Hunt for camouflaged animals
  • Spin a cube to find animals, shells, and leaves
  • Solve a biocube puzzle
  • Speed up or slow down the action in a biocube video

Exhibition at a Glance

  • 200 running feet
  • Moderate security
  • $16,000 for 12 weeks, plus outgoing shipping
  • Tour launches November 2020- fee reduced for debut slot!

For more information, please contact Ed Liskey, liskeye@si.edu, 202.633.3142

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend

Narwhals in the wild.

Although they have inspired art, legend, and cultural practice for centuries, it’s undeniable that narwhals are having a “moment.” A “unicorn of the sea,” these elusive animals have captured our interest and imaginations, and you now have a chance to share the legend of the narwhal with your audiences.

Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend was developed by scientists at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in collaboration with Arctic researchers and members of Inuit communities.  The 2,000 square-foot exhibition is told in four thematic sections—The Narwhal’s World, Unicorn of the Sea, From Tooth to Tail, and The Inuit and Narwhals—and features a showstopping 16-foot fiberglass narwhal model suspended from the ceiling. Banners, graphic panels, object cases, and interactives further engage audiences in the narwhal story.

Audiences will:

  • Encounter first-hand accounts from scientists and Inuit community members that reveal how traditional knowledge, coupled with scientific research, are heightening our understanding of these unique animals
  • Become immersed in the narwhal’s Arctic environment through breathtaking panoramic landscapes
  • Listen to a soundscape of shifting ice, flowing water narwhal vocalizations and Arctic birdcalls
  • Read the Inuit legend of the narwhal, illustrated by artwork from Inuit community members
  • Learn what the narwhal tusk is for
  • Compare the different ways that narwhals and their whale relatives have adapted to the Arctic environment
  • Touch a small 3-D printed bas relief narwhal model

Exhibition at a Glance

  • 2,000 sq. ft.
  • Moderate security
  • $20,000 for 12 weeks, plus prorated shipping
  • Tour launches March 2020/ Now Booking!

For more information, please contact Minnie Russell, russellm@si.edu, 202.633.3160