• Living Lab
    Opening November 23, 2019
  • Living Lab
    Opening November 23, 2019
  • Living Lab
    Opening November 23, 2019

Are you a fan of the slimy and slithery?
Creepy and crawly?
Or just curious to meet some of your animal neighbors?

Visit The Nat to see more than 20 of our region’s not-so-cuddly residents in Living Lab.


The Nat has a Vivarium—a facility in which we care for our live animals—in the basement of the Museum. We’re bringing these animals out from the lower level and into the public gallery as part of our brand-new exhibition, which will be located on Level 1 just off the Atrium. Living Lab showcases everything from the stinging and scaly to the fuzzy and flesh-eating, including an impressive red diamond rattlesnake, an observation bee hive, a Gila monster, several centipedes and arachnids, and more.

Living Lab brings you eye to eye with animals that are common to our region, but sometimes rarely seen because of their seasonality, reclusive nature, or nocturnal lifestyle habits. Visitors will learn about unique adaptations that help animals survive. Everything from their body form to their behavior helps them evade predators, survive environmental extremes, and acquire food.

The exhibition’s unique blend of science, storytelling, and live animals gives visitors the opportunity to discover more about the world around us. Close encounters with charismatic live animals will create a lasting impression on visitors of all ages about regional species richness and the threats to biodiversity.

Whether they fly, crawl, or climb, all animals are an important part of our region’s ecosystems. Come get a closer look in the Living Lab.

Opening November 23, 2019 and on view through at least September 1, 2020, this exhibition is free for members and included with general admission.



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