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SPECIAL EXHIBITS

Our 2,500 square-foot temporary exhibit area allows the Museum to showcase special exhibits throughout the year. These exciting and unique displays, made possible through the generous support of donors, sponsors, and the Museum Foundation, bring members and visitors back to the Museum over and over again. Plan your next visit around our next special exhibit and other area attractions.

Current Exhibits

Animal Grossology
May 17, 2014 - December 30, 2014
Oozing with interactive science & interactive learning games!
The A-MAZE-ING Water Journey
Permanent Outdoor Maze
Come take a journey through exploration, scientific inquiry, artistic expression, and action.
Upcoming: Dinosaurs Land of Fire and Ice
January 31, 2015 - May 3, 2015
Travel back in time to play & explore the Age of Dinosaurs
Upcoming: Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs
May 18, 2015 - January 3, 2016

Past Exhibits

A Forest Journey & Nature's Numbers
February 8, 2014 - April 27, 2014
Take a hands-on journey through the natural world & discover the shapes and patterns of nature!
National Geographic Giant Map of South America
February 13 - 15, 2014
This exhibit brings geography home in a big way!
"Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly"
June 8, 2013 - January 19, 2014
See them with your own eyes - fascinating living reptiles from around the world!
Giant National Geographic Map of North America
February 11–15 and February 18–23, 2013
This exhibit brings geography home in a big way for American students.
"Rainforest Adventure"
January 26, 2013 - May 12, 2013
Come Play in the Rain(forest)!
Dinosaurs: Big, Bad, Bold, and Back
June 2, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Meet over 20 robotic dinosaurs, including a T. Rex!
Animal Secrets!
January 28, 2012 - May 6, 2012
Explored the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals.
Frogs!
June 4, 2011 - January 9, 2012
Examined how "toadally" important, interesting and fun all things frog can be!
Amazing Butterflies
February 5, 2011 - May 8, 2011
Visitors discovered the caterpillar's secret world.
Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived
June 5, 2010 – January 9, 2011
The 60-foot, 2-million-year-old Megalodon loomed life-size in this exhibit.
Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home
February 13, 2010 – May 13, 2010
Two beloved American icons came to life in this educational, interactive exhibit for children.
Monsters of the Deep
June 13, 2009 – January 8, 2010
Transported visitors into the underwater world of prehistoric creatures & modern-day giants.
Sustainable Choices
January 24, 2009 – May 10, 2009
Visitors discovered the impact of our everyday actions.
Dinosaurs!
May 24, 2008 – January 4, 2009
Amazing and lifelike robotic creatures took us back millions of years.
Bone up on Bones
January 19, 2008 – May 11, 2008
Explored the marvels of the human skeletal system.
Hunters of the Sky
June 23, 2007 – December 30, 2007
Visitors explored the wonders of the great birds of prey.
Jewels of the Sea: Walter Anderson's Aquatica
October 6, 2006 – May 13, 2007
Visitors were Immersed in the marine world of Walter Anderson.
The World of Giant Insects
June 17, 2006 – September 10, 2006
Giant robotic insects up to 120 times life size.
Lost in the Amazon
February 4, 2006 – March 28, 2006
Stephen Kirkpatrick's intimate photographs of endangered habitats.
After the Dinosaurs: Prehistoric Mammals
October 7, 2005 – January 8, 2006
Animatronic creatures from prehistory come stomping and roaring to life.
A T.rex Named Sue
June 18, 2005 – September 11, 2005
The largest and most complete T.rex ever discovered.
Towering Termites
March 4 & 5, 2005
Fascinating facts, interactive activities and displays inside a 60-foot termite.
Witness: Endangered Species of North America
February 24, 2005 – May 29, 2005
Stunning photographs of 100 of our continent’s most threatened animals.
Alligators!
October 1, 2004 – January 24, 2005
An unusual look at these amazing reptiles in the photographs of C. C. Lockwood.
Robot Zoo
May 22, 2004 – September 12, 2004
Robotic animals reveal the brilliance of nature’s own engineering.
Masters of the Night: The True Story of Bats
January 23, 2004 – May 9, 2004
Exploring the myths and realities of these mysterious creatures.
Wetland Wonderland
December 3, 2003 – February 9, 2004
Photographs from Joe Mac Hudspeth’s book, In the South Wild.
Rhythms of Nature: The Pascagoula River
October 31, 2003 – January 14, 2004
Exploring the largest unimpeded river system in the continental U.S.
Between the Blades of Grass
June 19, 2003 – October 12, 2003
An exhibit of Walter Anderson’s drawings and watercolors.
Prehistoric Playground
February 14, 2003 – May 16, 2003
The early lives of dinosaurs, from eggs to hatchlings to playful infants.
The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation
October 11, 2002 – January 31, 2003
Celebrating the Louisiana Purchase and the natural wonder of the Mighty Mississippi.
The Hidden World of Bears
September 19, 2002 – January 15, 2003
An intimate look at bears and their behavior through captivating photography.
Remains of a Rainbow: Rare Plants & Animals of Hawaii
May 31, 2002 – August 14, 2002
Breathtaking photos from the islands by David Liitschwager and Susan Middleton.
Wilder Mississippi
November 24, 2001 – February 28, 2002
“Like being let in on a wonderful secret” through the photos of Stephen Kirkpatrick.
Visions of Nature: The World of Walter Anderson
June 7, 2001 – October 28, 2001
The Mississippi artist’s exploration of nature in woodcuts, watercolors, and pen-and-ink.
Natural History Machines
November 25, 2000 – February 25, 2001
An interactive exhibit featuring steel marionettes of prehistoric creatures.