What makes you, YOU? Find out in Identity: An Exhibition of You, a new traveling exhibition opening March 5, 2011 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
Identity focuses on how science can shed light on the physical, psychological and social aspects of our personality. The exhibit is included with paid admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: $14 for adults; $10 for children (2-12) and seniors (60+); Museum members are free. Tickets can be purchased online at http://fortworthmuseum.org, by phone at 817-255-9540, or at the door. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located at 1600 Gendy Street in Fort Worth, Texas, 76107. Identity will be on exhibit through May 1, 2011.
Identity enlists the work of ground-breaking science, personal art, stories, and the work of an Emmy® Award-winning musician to create an engaging journey through the science of human identity. Each area of the exhibit features vignettes and interactive activities. Guests can compare fingerprints, determine if they are an introvert or extrovert, and view the differences between male and female brains.
Physical – “Why Do I Look Like I Do?” – Guests start their journey by taking a new look at the most familiar aspect of identity: their physical selves. Physical traits and genetic inheritance are explored – from combining genes in a computer interactive exhibit, playing the game “Family Match-Up” to find out who belongs in which family, or stepping into a booth to look at your future self – and seeing how the choices you make today can impact your identity tomorrow.
Psychological – “Why Do I Think Like I Do?” – Differences in our brain chemistry, brain structure, brain activity and even gender can impact how you think. Guests are challenged to make choices about their personality and explore exhibits that transform their personal qualities into interactive experiences. Explore how smells tell you something about yourself, or “hear” your personality in an open-ended musical art piece designed by an Emmy® Award-winning musician. “Touch” the brain and activate a video that explains what that part of the brain does – and what happens to your identity when something goes wrong. Learn about the differences gender brings to your brain, beginning in the womb.
Social Identity – “How Do Others Affect Who I Am?” – Guests can step onto a “dance floor” and enter a playful, group experience about their personal space. Further in, discover what kind of groups you identify with then challenge your assumptions about what people are really like. Take a spin on the “Who Shares Your Skin” wheel, and see who else in the world shares your skin color, and then take a digital photo of yourself and change your gender/ethnicity on a computer. Finally, take a “rapid implicit association test” designed to probe for biases or find out if you are a science or humanity person. The answers may surprise you!