Life! Beginnings

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Life! Beginnings celebrates life's incredible ability to make more life. Discover how humans and all living creatures reproduce, develop, and pass on their genes to bring new life into the world. 

Perform a mating dance with other animals, build a baby pigeon by mixing and matching its parents’ genes, and practice different parenting strategies from the animal kingdom. Step inside an immersive womb room to experience the human journey from conception to birth, and marvel at real fetal specimens. Experience the wonder of animal life cycles as live sphinx moths transform from hungry green caterpillars to fuzzy moths the size of your hand. 

Life! Beginnings is located on the second floor World of Life gallery. This new exhibition is the first phase of a planned renovation of the entire World of Life gallery.

Exhibit highlights

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Discover how humans and all living creatures reproduce, develop, and pass on their genes to bring new life into the world. 

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Experience the human journey, from conception to birth, inside an immersive “womb room,” and view real plastinated fetal specimens.

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Can you woo a peacock spider, weedy seadragon, or blue-footed booby? Show off your fancy footwork in a gesture-based mating dance interactive.

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Build a baby pigeon and learn how genes from parents mix and match to create unique offspring.

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It all starts here! Try to get sperm and egg to meet in this cooperative fertilization game.

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Practice different parenting strategies from the animal kingdom and try to help your offspring reach adulthood.

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Discover how different species reproduce by exploring brilliant, life-size models. 

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Discover how humans and all living creatures reproduce, develop, and pass on their genes to bring new life into the world. 

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Experience the human journey, from conception to birth, inside an immersive “womb room,” and view real plastinated fetal specimens.

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Can you woo a peacock spider, weedy seadragon, or blue-footed booby? Show off your fancy footwork in a gesture-based mating dance interactive.

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Build a baby pigeon and learn how genes from parents mix and match to create unique offspring.

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It all starts here! Try to get sperm and egg to meet in this cooperative fertilization game.

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Practice different parenting strategies from the animal kingdom and try to help your offspring reach adulthood.

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Discover how different species reproduce by exploring brilliant, life-size models. 

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