Exhibition Highlights

Exhibition Overview

Investigate the wonderful ways plants and animals endure Earth’s most extreme elements in The Machine Inside: Biomechanics, a bilingual exhibition in both English and Spanish, appearing only at The Field Museum from March 12, 2014, through January 4, 2015.

Explore real specimens, lifelike models, amazing video footage, and interactive displays that help you experience how living creatures cope with the never-ending race to remain alive. You’ll be shocked by the surprising supply of pumps, pipes, insulation, motors, springs, and intelligence-gathering devices with which each organism is equipped.

Try your hand at “flying” by flapping different wing shapes, feel how hard a giraffe’s heart works to pump blood, and test out a thermal camera to see how much heat your body holds. Witness how cheetahs run so fast and fleas jump so far, learn how a woodpecker hammers away without getting a headache, and discover how a Venus Flytrap detects its next meal.

You’ll marvel at the surprising adaptations of plants and animals that have inspired technological breakthroughs, such as Velcro, modern chainsaws and wind turbines, prosthetic limbs and spinal disc replacements, echolocating canes for the blind, and more.

Don’t miss the chance to see The Machine Inside: Biomechanicsplan your visit today!