Your Incredible Body at Museum of Nature & Science Whimsically Explains How We Sneeze, Sweat, Eat and Run

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New Permanent Gallery Combines Learning with Interactive Family Fun: Big Nose, Interactive Games, Human 'Innards' and Chicken Wire Tell the Story.

ACHOO! "Is it cold in here?" A new gallery at the Museum of Nature & Science (MNS) in Fair Park reveals the science behind everyday - yet amazing - body functions when it opens Your Incredible Body Saturday.

The gallery focuses on how our bodies maintain temperature, digest food, fight off diseases and perform amazing physical and mental feats - all with little thought or attention from us. It teaches visitors in a fun, hands-on way how the body does this so that kids will have fun learning how and why we sneeze, sweat, digest food, think and move.

"While we call it homeostasis; kids will call it cool," said Nicole Small, CEO of MNS. "A huge nose literally showers visitors with information about how we fight infections. Interactive games shows how smart food choices help diabetics keep their blood sugar balanced, how much their skin weighs and how germs enter the body. Another exhibit applies heat to the question of how our bodies maintain temperature and how temperature changes when we exert effort."

Fun and funny props help hold younger visitors' attention and make learning painless. From a big nose that occasionally sneezes on guests to models of the human body with all the parts highlighted, to computer games and tactile exhibits using chicken wire and hot plates, we learn fascinating facts about our bodies: like how much our skin weighs.

Opening weekend activities include free museum admission for educators (with their teacher IDs) and a sneak peek at a new IMAX® movie called Wired to Win: Surviving the Tour de France, which focuses on the mind-body connection experienced by top athletes.

On Saturday, visitors can participate in a blood drive by Carter BloodCare from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and get a free t-shirt and a voucher good for $2 off MNS general admission. In the wake of Hurricane Ike blood supplies are especially low because Carter is diverting blood to Houston to help care for storm victims.

Plus Dr. John Hart, Jr., medical science director of the UTD Center for Brain Health, will present Voyage into Your Memory from 1 to 2 p.m. He will describe where memories are stored in the brain and what studies have taught us about "senior moments" and Alzheimer's.

Your Incredible Body, the museum's newest permanent gallery, was created by the Museum of Nature & Science and is presented by the Harold Simmons Foundation and the Tenet Healthcare Foundation and sponsored by Medical City and the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Foundation.

Non-members: adults $8.75; children 3 to 11 $5.50; youth 12 to 18, students over 18 and seniors 62 and older with ID $7.75. See for more information and IMAX® ticket prices. Admission is always free for members. For those interested in joining, the opening weekend of Your Incredible Body is a great time! MNS is offering anyone who joins 15 percent off membership.

About the Museum of Nature & Science

The Museum of Nature & Science - the result of a unique merger in 2006 between the Dallas Museum of Natural History, The Science Place and the Dallas Children's Museum - is a non-profit educational organization located in Dallas' Fair Park. In support of its mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families and life-long learners. The facility also includes the TI Founders IMAX® Theater and a cutting-edge digital planetarium. The Museum of Nature & Science is supported in part by funds from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the Texas Commission on the Arts and EDS. To learn more please visit

Photos and other materials about Your Incredible Body are located online at the following link:
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