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Being Human Hall

What does it mean to be human?

Study a sliver of real human tissue — or use your brain waves to launch a ping-pong ball. There's more to being human than you may realize!

Humans share many basic traits with all other forms of life. Yet we also stand apart from other species in many ways — some of which can be hard to define. Welcome to Being Human Hall, where discovering what it means to be human is a different experience for everyone.

 

Here’s your chance to scrutinize slices of a human specimen, record the electrical activity of your heart — or even use your brain waves to launch a ping-pong ball! From basic anatomy to mysteries of the mind, humans are complex beings with infinite wonders to explore. Join us for an interactive discovery of:

Your Body

Understanding human anatomy and physiology is the first step toward discovering what it means to be human. Gain valuable insights as you: 

  • Use a strong beam of light to reveal the intricate network of blood vessels beneath the skin 
  • Identify the hot and cool points of your body through the color-coded image of a thermal camera
  • Engage in a multimedia game that illustrates how lifestyle choices can affect your life expectancy
  • Explore movement through motion-capture technology
  • Interact with a state-of-the-art prosthetic hand

Your Mind

The average brain weighs just 3 pounds or so. But with 100 billion nerve cells at the ready, there’s always something amazing going on! Prepare to expand your mind even further through: 

  • Engaging exhibitions that demonstrate how humans create and store memories
  • Exciting explorations of functional magnetic resonance imaging breakthroughs here in Dallas

Your Distant Relatives

At first glance, humans may seem very different from other species — yet we’re more closely related to other living things than you might imagine! Prepare to look at the human family tree in a whole new way as you:

  • Explore similarities and differences between humans and other species
  • Observe tiny living nematodes under a microscope and discover some surprising similarities
  • Trace the ancestry of different species back to the earliest forms of life

Bio Lab

Experience hands-on lab analysis and experiment at one of four stations in the Bio Lab. All participants will be provided with a lab coat, gloves and goggles in this area. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cheek Cells (ages 8 and up)

Find, stain and examine cheek cells from inside your own mouth. This experiment takes 15-20 minutes.

Testing Germ Killers (ages 10 and up)

See which household chemicals kill microbes. This experiment takes 15-20 minutes.

DNA Extraction (ages 8 and up)

Isolate and spool DNA from new wheat germ. This experiment takes 15-20 minutes.

Giant Chromosomes (ages 13 and up)

Isolate and stain giant chromosomes from fruit flies. This experiment takes 20-30 minutes.