Developed by the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History in partnership with the National Human Genome Research Institute, Department of Health and Human Services. Tour-managed by Science North.
“Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” immerses visitors in a high-tech environment that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science. The 3000-square foot exhibition, which opened June 14, 2013 at the National Mall, is the product of a partnership between the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). After a year at NMNH, the exhibition began to travel to science venues in other states and countries, extending its reach to an even broader audience.
The exhibition focuses on several areas of genomic science:
The Genome Within Us introduces the human genome and the role genomics plays in modern life The Natural World presents the fascinating diversity of living things, how their genomes differ, and their surprising similarities
Our Genomic Journey illustrates how genomics has added to archaeological and fossil evidence, increasing knowledge of human origins and helping to answer questions about recent ancestry Genomic Medicine shifts the focus to a future in which knowledge of how genomic variants affect disease risk may point to lifestyle changes, choices of medications, or ways to stop deadly epidemics in their tracks Throughout the exhibit, Genomics and Society confronts the ethical, legal, and social concerns raised by advances in genomic science.
Beyond the main exhibit, the NMNH has developed a “Genome Zone,” where hands-on activities and participation are available to the young and young at heart.
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Past and Future Venues
National Smithsonian Museum of Natural History - Washington, DC June 14 - September 2, 2014
Reuben H Fleet Science Center - San Diego, CA September 27 - January 4, 2015
The Tech Museum of Innovation - San Jose, CA January 22 - April 27, 2015
St. Louis Science Center - St. Louis, MO May 15 - September 10, 2015
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry - Portland, OR October 2 - January 3, 2016
Discovery World Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI January 28 - April 25, 2016
Natural History Museum of Utah - Salt Lake City, UT May 21 - September 5, 2016
Exploration Place - Wichita, KS September 30 - January 1, 2017
Peoria Riverfront Museum - Peoria, IL January 28 - May 29, 2017
Health Museum - Houston, TX June 12 - September 11, 2017
Science North - Sudbury, ON September 30 - January 1, 2018
Rochester Museum and Science Center - Rochester, NY January 26 - April 29, 2018
Open at the Rochester Art Center by presenting sponsor May Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine June 23 - September 21, 2018
Orange County Regional History Center - Orlando, FL October 13, 2018 - January 6, 2019
McWane Science Center - Birmingham, AL January 19, 2019 - May 19, 2019
Turtle Bay Exploration Park - Redding, CA September 12, 2019 - January 2, 2020
Museum of Science and History - Jacksonville, FL January 17, 2020 - April 12, 2020
Discover how our ancestry as human, and as individuals, is written in our DNA
Examine the genomes of five different species and see what comparing their genomes reveals
Explore the genomic stories of different creatures and uncover the genomic surprises that tell us more about the natural world, and ourselves
Learn why humans still share virtually all of their DNA, but how adaptation to different environments led to many of the small ways we differ today