Field Trips

Area science museums host special programs of interest for budding scientists and their families

Accidental Mummies
THE DETROIT SCIENCE Center is featuring a historic exhibition as 36 "accidental mummies" are seen outside of Mexico for the first time. The exhibition combines science, history and cultural anthropology to immerse the visitor in the world of a Mexican city more than 100 years ago, where deceased residents naturally mummified in their crypts. Visitors to the exhibit will see some of these accidental mummies, learn about life in their community, discover the modern-day forensic technology that helps scientists analyze them, and explore a culture that reveres and celebrates them.

Runs through Jan. 31, 2010. Detroit Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit. Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. $18.95 for adults, and $14.95 for children and seniors; includes museum admission. Discounted group rates available. Call 313-577-8400.

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Giant Eye
IMPRESSION 5 IN Lansing has two new exhibits, both of which are open and ready for hands-on exploration. "Window on Water" lets you learn about groundwater by viewing a cutaway model of the water aquifer and reading about the spread of water contamination. Window on Water was designed to illustrate the importance of protecting sources of clean drinking water through a partnership between the Lansing Board of Water & Light and Impression 5. The "Giant Eye" is an 8-foot-tall model that lets you see the human eye from a new and exciting perspective. It's even possible to walk inside this enormous optical organ, which is the largest in the country.

Runs until the end of the year. Impression 5, 200 Museum Dr., Lansing, Mich., 48933. Museum is open Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday-Saturday,10 a.m. to  7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Adults and students: $5; AAA members receive 10 percent discount. Call 517-485-8116, ext. 32.

THE ALDEN B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in Midland is featuring the most comprehensive exhibit ever coordinated on the subject of Albert Einstein, organized by the American Museum of Natural History of New York. Widely regarded as one of the most intelligent human beings in history, Einstein reinterpreted the inner workings of nature, light, time, energy and gravity, and redefined the way we look at the universe. This exhibition will look into Einstein's life and times, his thinking and his legacy as a humanitarian and global citizen. It is highly interactive and inspires learning through its innovative exhibition and engaging activities.

Runs through Dec. 6, 2009. Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art, 1801 W. Saint Andrews Road, Midland, Mich., 48640. Museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Adults: $8, Children 4-14: $5. Call 989-631-8250 or 800-523-7649. 

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THE CRANBROOK INSTITUTE of Science, together with Cranbrook Art Museum, presents a pioneering exhibit titled "Artology: The Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook." Showcasing the work of artists whose creations intersect with and complement science at a fundamental level, the exhibit includes a large exhibition on the natural world and the way we attempt to classify nature scientifically, as well as an exhibition on art and climate change. Also featured is the acclaimed video project "Murmur," a study of starling migration in Europe.

Runs through June 2010. The Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave. Bloomfield Hills, Mich., 48303. Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Adults: $9; Children (2-12): $7. Call 248-645-3200.