Past Special Exhibitions

Traveling exhibitions allow us the opportunity to expand on topics found in our permanent exhibit halls, as well as introduce you to new subjects. We want to expose you to the interesting and engaging scientific content from credible institutions across the globe, considered experts in certain fields.

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed — February 11-September 4, 2017

Uncover a world buried over time, and explore the social, natural, and spiritual realms of the Maya – past and present – known for their monumental architecture, distinctive art, and intricate knowledge of astronomy and time. Behold secrets that lay hidden for centuries as you journey through an underworld cave, excavate an ancient burial site, and encounter the richness of Maya culture through hands-on explorations such as building arches, deciphering hieroglyphs, translating the Maya calendar, and more!

Presented by Highland Capital Management

Media Sponsors NBC 5 and Telemundo 39

Created by Science Museum of Minnesota, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Museum of Science Boston

Giant Gems of the Smithsonian — September 9, 2016–January 17, 2017

We explored the wonders of larger-than-life gems from the world-renowned National Gem Collection in a never-before-seen grouping. This temporary exhibition gave guests an up-close look at some of the most charismatic objects in the history of the world. These superb specimens from the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution have been cut and polished into forms of great beauty, and exhibit color and brilliance beyond your imagination.


Birds of Paradise — October 8, 2016–January 8, 2017

In 2004, National Geographic photographer Tim Laman and Cornell University Lab of Ornithology scientist Edwin Scholes began a series of 15 targeted expeditions to document these bizarre birds. After eight years and 37 distinct geographic locations, they completed the first comprehensive study of all 39 known species of birds-of-paradise.

Found only in New Guinea and parts of Australia, the birds-of-paradise are a case study in the evolutionary power of sexual selection. Their fantastic plumes and bizarre courtship displays result from millions of years of sexual selection at work in an environment with plentiful food and no natural predators. This exhibition encompassed video footage, photographs, artifacts, and interactive experiences to create a science exhibition, art show, and natural history display all rolled into one!

Co-produced by National Geographic and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Presented by Highland Capital Management


Eye of the Collector — April 16–September 5, 2016

Here at the Museum, every object and specimen tells a story. In Eye of the Collector, the quirky, crafty, historical and fashionable objects of 10 very different people came together to show that the recollections they have of their prized possessions are at least as valuable as the collections themselves.

While all collectors are united by their common desire to seek and gather objects, the reasons why they collect are varied. Some have a natural curiosity about the world around them or have a desire forge a connection with a rich culture. Others love to keep mementos of happy moments in their lives or wish to build a legacy that can live on for others to enjoy after them. For some it is simply the thrill of hunting down and finding an elusive object that fuels their drive to collect.

Included in the exhibition:

  • Antique duck decoys from Ron Gard
  • Pez dispensers from Carla Hartman
  • Eclectic jewelry made from unexpected materials from Deedie Rose
  • Dallas Cowboys® memorabilia from Bob Bragalone
  • African American and Black dolls from Debbie Garrett
  • Star Wars® memorabilia from Steve Sansweet
  • Vintage bicycles form Scott McCaskey
  • Ballet folklorico dresses from Anita Martinez
  • Fossils and ancient artifacts from Nancy and Randy Best


Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence — October 31, 2015–February 21, 2016

This exhibition explored the natural phenomenon of ‘living light’ with a vast array of organisms, from the flickering fireflies in your backyard to the deep-sea fishes in our oceans’ darkest depths. Curiosity was sparked with larger-than-life models, live fish, and interactive displays. Guests moved through a series of re-created environments to discover the glowworm webs on the ceiling of New Zealand’s Waitomo caves, the ‘pyrotechnic’ plankton in Puerto Rico’s Mosquito Bay, and special lighting on the coral walls of the Cayman Island’s Bloody Bay. The exhibition answered questions of how these organisms use light to attract mates, lure prey, or fight off predators and where, why, and how scientists study these amazing creatures that glow!

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada and The Field Museum, Chicago.

Presented by Highland Capital Management


Amazing Animals: Built to Survive — June 13–September 7, 2015

Guests experienced the amazing science of the animal kingdom to life and explored the exciting promise it holds for the future. We learned how plants and animals stay in one piece and withstand the elements using an astonishing array of internal apparatuses. Through comparing the similarities between muscles and motors, legs and springs, claws and clamps, and many more mechanisms guests discovered how all living things have the right tools for the job of survival. Digital interactives, immersive movies, hands-on displays, and incredible specimens created an unforgettable experience.

This exhibition was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago, in partnership with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, with generous support provided by The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust and ITW.

Presented by Highland Capital Management

Supported by Texas Instruments

Presented by Michaels


Build It! Nature — June 19–August 6, 2015


The International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes — February 14–May 10, 2015

The world of the legendary and brilliant sleuth of Baker Street came to life like never before. Guests stepped into Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian London to work side-by-side with his legendary detective. At hand was a baffling new case in a world steeped in innovation and experimentation. Along the way guests saw a dazzling array of original manuscripts, publications, period artifacts, and film and television props and costumes. We used investigative tools and techniques from Holmes himself, to test ourselves in exciting, interactive crime-solving opportunities.

Exhibition Collaborators

EDG – Exhibits Development Group

Geoffrey M. Curley + Associates, LLC

Sherlock Holmes Conan Doyle Estate LTD


Museum of London


2theXtreme: MathAlive! — September 27, 2014–January 1, 2015

This exhibition sparked imagination and revealed the infinite possibilities of math. Mathematics was brought to life through the innovative technologies behind sports, space technologies, fashion, robotics, and more. Guests were able to explore nearly 40 interactive activities such as mountain bike challenges, developing your own video game, and NASA robotics simulations all while being accompanied by the Botz – fun and energetic virtual guides who love math and help inspire young visitors with their quirky personalities. Along the journey guests met professionals, visionaries and inspiring personalities from a variety of fields and learn how they use math every day.

Presented Nationally by Ratheon

In association withMathMovesU

Presented Locally by Episcopal School of Dallas and St. Philip's School & Community Center

Supported Locally by Texas Instruments

Media Sponsored by Time Warner Cable: Connect a Million Minds


World’s Largest Dinosaurs — April 6–September 1, 2014

Guests came face-to-face with a life-size model of the Mamenchisaurus, a 60-foot-long sauropod with an extremely long neck that accounts for half its body size! Activities allowed guests to understand how the powerful organs and body systems needed to support the colossal size. It included specimens of sauropod vertebrae, a giant femur, skin impressions and many other fossil finds that illuminate how Mamenchisaurus and other super-sized sauropods thrived on Earth for approximately 140 million years.

Organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with Coolture Marketing, Bogotá, Colombia.

Presented by Highland Capital Management


Build It! Garage — June 21–August 17, 2014

Created as the ultimate do-it-yourself experience! With tons of hands-on design and engineering stations and projects to explore, guests created all types of machines and masterpieces. There were daily instructor-led projects and demonstrations designed to expand your engineering savvy and ignite your creativity. From soldering basics to 3D doodling, topics covered a range of useful skills, techniques and cool tools to help young engineers turn ideas into innovations.


Animal Inside Out — September 22, 2013–February 23, 2014

This exhibition showed visitors how unique and incredible animal adaptations can be, while highlighting the similarities between humans and animals. We explored the intricate biology and physiology of the world’s most spectacular creatures in this fascinating exhibition. Created by anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, guests went on an anatomical safari of approximately 100 plastinated specimens. From goats to giraffes, bulls to birds and octopuses to ostriches, visitors will discover the form and function of animals both exotic and familiar.

Guests gained a greater respect and appreciation for all animals through learning about anatomical principals such as skeletal foundations, muscles, tendons and ligaments, the internal circuit of the nervous system, the birds and the bees, breathing and eating, and wildlife conservation.


Recycle Reef — June 17–August 25, 2013

Build, break and create with cardboard! Become a guest artist on a journey of art-making with reclaimed and recycled materials. We learned how to bend, flex, rip, shape, and decorate ordinary cardboard to make trash into treasure. All along the way, everyone’s masterpieces were added to our Recycle Reef community exhibit.

Building the Building — December 1, 2012–May 12, 2013

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