Skin has a number of impressive features: it’s shape shifting, color changing and highly adaptive. But it’s also thought provoking, interaction changing and extremely personal.
The exhibition aims to inspire wonder and curiosity about this uniquely complex organ, illustrate the incredibly adaptive properties of skin across all organisms, and spark dialogue and reflection about skin’s role in shaping human culture and identity.
This exhibition is included with Science Museum admission and is open April 30, 2022–January 15, 2023.
In this bilingual, interactive exhibition, guests explore the physical and philosophical properties of skin. The exhibition features dozens of scientific specimens that showcase the adaptive properties of skin in animals, including its ability to support and regenerate keratin-based structures like armored scales, aerodynamic feathers and insulating fur. The exhibition then dives deeper to explore how evolution has shaped diversity in human skin, and how much we still have yet to uncover about the underlying genetics of skin color.
The exhibition presents the topics of racism, prejudice and discrimination through the lenses of history and science. Guests investigate the layers of meaning humans have associated with skin color throughout history and how our ever-evolving social and political climate has influenced shifting ideas of race and culture in our modern world.
The Science Museum supports touring exhibitions with complementary programming meant to deepen the experience for guests and explore topics introduced in the exhibition in unexpected ways.
During the display of Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity, guests can enjoy:
Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity was created by the California Academy of Sciences and modified for travel and distributed by the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition is generously supported by Susan and Nicholas Pritzker and Family.