Cells to Self considers the incredible diversity of cell form and function, from the environmental awareness of bacteria to human heart cells beating in response to electricity. Through microscopes, digital models, and first-hand interactions with cells, visitors can explore how cells move, divide, communicate, and respond to their surroundings.
We’re developing new exhibits for the Cells to Self collection, expected to open in 2019. Until then, you might notice us experimenting with prototype exhibits in the East Gallery Corridor.
Answer questions about certain of your physical features, such as what color your eyes are, and how attached the bottoms of your ears are to your head. Then find out what roles genes and your environment play in these traits.
It takes just 21 days for an egg to go from just laid to newly hatched chick, and a lot goes on in just the first week. Look closely and you’ll find blood vessels, a backbone, wing buds, eyes, a brain, and—throbbing prominently by day 5 or so—a beating heart.