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  • Brain_NeuronWires

    Bundle of Nerves

    At the entrance of the exhibition, light races across wires in a darkened room – capturing the frenetic energy of firing neurons.

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    Neuron Gesture Table

    This interactive exhibit helps visitors understand how neurons communicate with each other.

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    Explore Sight

    To explore the sense of sight, this installation forces the brain to interpret pieces of a visual puzzle.

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    Evolving Emotions

    This section explores how emotions are processed, and links this to the evolution of the human brain.

  • Brain_LanguageInteractive

    Learning Languages

    This interactive demonstrates how brain connections relate to the ability to pronounce certain sounds.

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    21st-Century Brain

    A video follows modern neuroscience research on the use of neural implants for paralyzed individuals.

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    Build a Brain

    At the Build a Brain interactive, learn about the evolution of the brain by assembling each puzzle piece and discover how the human brain is unique from other animals. © AMNH/D. Finnin

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    Train Your Brain

    Activity over time can help maintain sharpness. Visitors train their brains at these digital interactive games.

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    Your Changing Brain

    This section examines the brain’s development over a lifetime and its amazing ability to rewire itself.

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    Brain Lounge

    Projected fMRIs (functional images of the brain) tell the story of how people’s brains react as they perform their jobs.

Brain: The Inside Story

Drawing on the most current research and technology, this exhibition presents the latest in neuroscience, highlighting the brain’s surprising ability to rewire itself in response to experience, disability, or trauma, and showcases new technologies that researchers use to study the brain.

Interactives, puzzles, brain-scan imaging, and spectacular models explore senses, emotions, thoughts, brain development, even brains in the future. From a real plastinated brain to dazzling art installations revealing our own perceptions, this exhibition comes alive with fascinating discussions of how our minds work.

Brain: The Inside Story is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with Codice. Idee per la cultura, Torino, Italy in association with Comune di Milano - Assessorato Cultura, Italy; Guangdong Science Center, Guangzhou, China; and Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain.



“Includes plenty of interactive displays where adults and kids can take their brains for a kind of test run” - The Star-Ledger

“An interactive sensory feast that both surprises and stimulates” - Live Science

Exhibition Information

Venue gallery size:

7,000 – 8,000 ft2  

(650 – 750 m2)


Venue ceiling height:

12 ft recommended

(3.6 m)


Conservation & Security requirements:



Standard Rental Length:

16 weeks


Exhibition Brochure

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Educator’s Guide

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