Explorers! Grand Opening

Join us for the opening of our newest exhibition, showing in the Main Exhibit Hall through August 2018

Opening Saturday, January 27 at 12:00 p.m.
Member Preview from 9:00 a.m.-Noon

In celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Dayton Society of Natural History’s Collection, join us for an epic journey into the past! Venture to far-flung corners of Earth at this exhibition that charts a course through five geographic regions, ranging from Japan and Egypt to the Philippines, Ecuador, and the American Plains.

Explore the history and culture of these regions through a feature selection of artifacts and specimens, as well as through hands-on, interactive activities for visitors of all ages. Guests will: 

  • Enter a replica tomb and view an ancient mummy as well as other artifacts, learn about the iconic pyramids in Egypt, and build a pyramid model.
  • Wander beneath a replica Torri gate, run through a Japanese “bamboo” forest, and view beautiful textiles including kimonos.
  • Chart their way to the Philippines to learn about sailing and navigation techniques, try their hand at traditional basket-weaving, and more.
  • Explore the architecture and lifestyle of Ecuadorians, and view artifacts and specimens ranging from dolls and baskets to botanical beadwork.
  • Visit the American Plains, where they can discover the history and culture of Native American peoples through books and hands-on activities in a real tipi, examine artifacts, and discover the tactile difference between leather and rawhide.

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