New exhibit features remarkable inner workings of plants and animals

2/8/2018 - SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) Calling all nature enthusiasts. A new exhibit opens this weekend at the Natural History of Utah. Nature’s Ultimate Machines dives deep into the remarkable inner workings of plants and animals and offers a unique perspective into how they use natural devices to help them survive in every imaginable situation. Sarah George, the museum's executive director, joined Nicea DeGering, to talk about what the new exhibit offers.

George says the exhibit features real specimens, interactive displays and scale models, including a life-size giraffe. More than 130 specimens, replicas, videos, interactive displays and biomimicry innovations are on display to illustrate the great diversity of biological designs.

The museum invites families to come and discover how plants and animals have developed specialized ways of adapting to the world such as: Jaws that crush over 8,000 pounds, ears that act as an air conditioner, and veins that pump to crazy heights. These are just a few marvels of natural engineering.

When visiting Nature’s Ultimate Machines, guests will:

  • Feel how a giraffe’s heart works to pump blood up its long neck
  • Try to “fly” and study the ways creatures jump, gallop, slither and swim
  • See technological breakthroughs inspired by nature’s ingenuity like Velcro, wind turbines and chainsaws
  • Explore a larger-than-life termite mound and learn how its design is used in modern architecture.

The Museum also features 10 permanent galleries for discovery including Past Worlds, Great Salt Lake, Native Voices, Land and much more. Entrance into Nature’s Ultimate Machines is included in the Museum’s price of general admission. 

The new immersive exhibit is bilingual, offering all components in Spanish and English.

The Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center is located at 301 Wakara Way, University of Utah.

The exhibit runs this Saturday, February 10, through Sept. 3.

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Nature’s Ultimate Machines was made possible 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.  The exhibit is locally supported by Presenting Sponsor, Zions Bank, and Exhibit Sponsors: Emma Eccles Jones Foundations, Bing and Judy Fang, Janet Quinney Lawson Foundation and Meldrum Foundation.





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