• Animals: Machines in Motion
    October 29, 2016–January 2, 2017
  • Animals: Machines in Motion
    October 29, 2016–January 2, 2017
  • Animals: Machines in Motion
    October 29, 2016–January 2, 2017

Discover how evolution is Earth’s greatest innovator.

Imagine if your jaws could crush over 8,000 pounds in one bite, your ears could act as air conditioners, and your arms could punch through aquarium glass. From the inside out, every living thing—including humans—is a machine built to survive, move, and discover.

Investigate the marvels of natural engineering in Animals: Machines in Motion. This interactive experience features digital media, scientific models, and real specimens. 

Feel for yourself how hard a giraffe’s heart works to pump blood up to its head. Try to “fly” and study the many different ways creatures jump, gallop, slither, and swim. See technological breakthroughs—like Velcro, wind turbines, and chainsaws—that were inspired by nature’s ingenuity. And come face-to-face with a life-sized cast of Sue, the largest and most complete T. rex ever discovered. Learn about the bite force and gait of this species that ruled the world around 68 million years ago while you gaze up at this 12-foot-tall at the hip, 42-foot-long fossil.

Explore how plants and animals stay in one piece despite the crushing forces of gravity, the pressure of water and wind, and the attacks of predators. Using surprising tactics, creatures endure the planet’s extreme temperatures, find food against fierce competition, and—without metal, motors or electricity—circulate their own life-sustaining fluids.

Animals: Machines in Motion is a separately priced exhibition. Admission includes access to all other exhibitions in the Museum as well as 3D and 2D films in our giant-screen theater. Museum members receive discounted admission on this exhibition.

Animals: Machines in Motion 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 Foundation. 

The San Diego presentation was made possible with financial support from the County of San Diego and the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. 

TheNAT is pleased to be Part of the Pride. Inspired by the San Diego Zoo's centennial celebration, several Balboa Park museums are collaborating to bring you a menagerie of animal-themed exhibitions in 2016. Come celebrate animals and nature with us.