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Public Museum's newest exhibit invites visitors to explore Earth's wildest places

Open May 21-September 4, 2016 and free with general admission, the exhibit follows National Geographic explorers, bringing their adventures to life.
Earth Explorers exhibit at the Public Museum

Earth Explorers exhibit at the Public Museum /Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Museum

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Earth Explorers exhibit at the Public Museum

Earth Explorers exhibit at the Public Museum /Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Museum

Earth Explorers at the Public Museum

Earth Explorers at the Public Museum /Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Museum

In the latest exhibit “Earth Explorers,” now open at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, visitors are invited to take a journey to the wildest places on Earth right alongside National Geographic explorers, bringing their adventures to life. The exhibition, which opened May 21 at the Museum, is a national touring exhibition put together in partnership with National Geographic and Global Experience Specialists.

Throughout the exhibit, visitors embark on adventures to discover new species, study animal behavior and learn about the important roles technology, innovation and ingenuity play in making and documenting these discoveries. The experience features many hands on and interactive components including an arctic cabin where patrons can test their ability to live in an ice-covered world, a 3-D submersible allowing visitors to descend and explore how life forms at varying depths, discover incredible insects from the Amazon while learning the benefits of biodiversity, ascend into the thin air of the Himalayas and soar in a hot air balloon over the Savanna while learning about the life of elephants and other mammals. Six bio-zones are featured, including basecamp, the artic, mountains and caves, savannas, rainforests and oceans.

Visitors will learn about the daring men and women who venture into dangerous and remote parts of the world to discover new places, help protect our planet’s biodiversity and unearth new scientific discoveries. A downloadable augmented reality experience “Earth Explorers AR” accompanies the exhibition, giving visitors another way to connect and learn about the six bio-zones.

Admission to Earth Explorers will be included with general admission to the GRPM and is free to Museum members. For more information, visit the Earth Explorers page.   

Earth Explorers is sponsored by Steve & Amy Van Andel Foundation, Meijer and WOOD TV8, David & Carol Van Andel Family Foundation, Ada Hospital for Animals, BDO USA, LLP, Cascade Engineering, Lacks Enterprises, Inc., Jim & Barb Haveman, Berends Hendricks Stuit, Kennari Consulting, David & Amy Leonard, Option 1 Credit Union and Switchback Gear Exchange.

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