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Special Exhibition A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne—The Zuni World A new exhibition of 31 contemporary Zuni map art paintings in on view through January 12, 2014. October 17, 2013 — January 12, 2014 Special Exhibition Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration The Moon. Mars. An icy moon of Jupiter. In the not-too-distant future, missions to these destinations will launch from Earth. November 9, 2011 — August 12, 2012 Special Exhibition Brain: The Inside Story Find out how the brain works, how it changes through life, and what scientists are discovering about the brain today. November 20, 2010 — August 14, 2011 Special Exhibition Climate Change Explore the science and impact of climate change, and discover how individuals and nations can reduce carbon footprints. October 18, 2008 — August 16, 2009 Special Exhibition Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease Find out about global efforts to contain or eradicate ancient afflications via social and scientific innovations. January 13, 2015 — May 29, 2017 Special Exhibition Creatures of Light Welcome to the world of bioluminescence—the generation of light by living things, from fireflies to anglerfish. March 31, 2012 — January 6, 2013 Special Exhibition Crocs See four live species, life-sized dioramas, and more in a new exhibition about this ancient group of reptiles. May 28, 2016 — January 2, 2017 Special Exhibition ¡Cuba! Explore Cuba's extraordinary biodiversity and unique culture through our immersive exhibits. November 21, 2016 — August 13, 2017 Special Exhibition Darwin Learn about Charles Darwin's observations of nature and how he transformed our understanding of the living world. November 19, 2005 — August 20, 2006 Special Exhibition Dinosaurs Among Us Dinosaurs Among Us examines how one group of dinosaurs evolved into fascinating living creatures we call birds. March 18, 2016 — January 2, 2017 Special Exhibition Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries Find out how new technologies are helping to solve persistent and puzzling dinosaur mysteries. May 14, 2005 — January 8, 2006 Special Exhibition Einstein Peer at the world through the eyes of Einstein, an extraordinary scientist and self-proclaimed "citizen of the world." November 15, 2002 — January 1, 2003 Special Exhibition Exoplanets This exhibit presented the science and techniques behind the study of planets orbiting nearby stars. March 13, 2007 — March 12, 2008 Special Exhibition Extreme Mammals Explore the surprising and sometimes bizarre world of extinct and living mammals. May 16, 2009 — January 3, 2010 Special Exhibition Fighting Dinos More than 30 scientifically important dinosaur and other ancient animal fossils ever discovered in Mongolia's Gobi Desert. October 29, 2000 — October 29, 2000 Special Exhibition Frogs: A Chorus of Colors Explore the rich diversity of frogs and learn about their evolution, biology, and the threats they face today. May 18, 2013 — January 5, 2014 Special Exhibition Gold Find out more about gold, an icon of wealth, beauty and power since the beginning of recorded history. November 18, 2006 — August 19, 2007 Special Exhibition Horse Discover more about horses' history and find out how our two species became powerfully linked. May 17, 2008 — January 4, 2009 Space Show Journey to the Stars Narrated by Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg, Journey to the Stars explores the birth, life, and death of stars. July 4, 2009 — November 1, 2013 Special Exhibition Life at the Limits Discover incredible adaptations that allow life to thrive even in the most unlikely places on Earth. April 4, 2015 — January 3, 2016 Special Exhibition Lizards and Snakes: Alive! Learn more about amazing lizards and snakes and investigate their remarkable adaptations. January 1, 2011 — June 1, 2011 Special Exhibition Lonesome George On June 24, 2012, the last Pinta Island giant tortoise from the Galápagos Islands, Lonesome George, died of natural causes. September 19, 2014 — January 4, 2015 Special Exhibition Mummies Get an up-close look at rarely-exhibited mummies. March 20, 2017 — January 7, 2018 Special Exhibition Mythic Creatures Track the origins of legendary creatures including dragons, unicorns, mermaids, and sea serpents. May 26, 2007 — January 6, 2008 Special Exhibition Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters Natural events remind us that we are small and vulnerable—and that living on this dynamic planet will always entail risk. November 14, 2014 — August 9, 2015 Special Exhibition Opulent Oceans Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Scientific Illustrations from the Museum’s Library exhibition includes 46 exquisite reproductions from... October 3, 2015 — September 6, 2018 Special Exhibition Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture Take a journey around the world and through time as you consider some of the most challenging issues of our time. November 17, 2012 — August 11, 2013 Special Exhibition Our Senses: An Immersive Experience Explore 11 funhouse-like spaces in this highly experiential exhibition that dares you to trust your senses. November 20, 2017 — January 1, 2019 Special Exhibition Pearls Science, art, literature, history, and fabulous jewelry are part of the story of pearl-forming mollusks. January 1, 2002 — April 14, 2002 Special Exhibition Petra Once a flourishing city in the ancient Near East, then forgotten for centuries, Petra reveals its long-lost secrets. October 18, 2003 — July 6, 2004 Special Exhibition Picturing Science Stunning large-format images showcase research conducted at the Museum as well as the tools used in scientific studies. June 25, 2011 — December 7, 2014 Special Exhibition The Power of Poison As defense against predators, lethal weapon, or lifesaving treatment, the story of poison is surprising at every turn. November 16, 2013 — August 10, 2014 Special Exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs Pterosaurs have puzzled paleontologists for centuries, but new discoveries are revealing more about these ancient reptiles. April 5, 2014 — January 4, 2015 Special Exhibition Race to the End of the Earth This exhibition recounts one of the most stirring tales of Antarctic exploration: the race to reach the South Pole in 1911-1912. May 29, 2010 — January 2, 2011 Special Exhibition The Secret World Inside You Explore the human microbiome and find out how rapidly evolving science is reshaping our ideas about human health. November 7, 2015 — August 14, 2016 Special Exhibition Shackleton This exhibition documented one of the greatest tales of survival: Sir Ernest Shackleton's 1914 voyage to the Antarctic. January 1, 1999 — October 11, 1999 Special Exhibition Spiders Alive! Discover some of the planet's most versatile animals in an exhibit that features live spiders, models, fossils, and more. July 4, 2015 — November 29, 2015 Special Exhibition Totems to Turquoise For thousands of years, the Native peoples of North America have made extraordinary adornments, a tradition that lives on. October 30, 2004 — July 10, 2005 Special Exhibition Traveling the Silk Road Step 1,000 years back in time to experience the sights, sounds, and stories of the greatest trading route in history. November 14, 2009 — August 15, 2010 Special Exhibition Unseen Oceans A marvelous, alien world lies hidden beneath the sunlit surface. Experience an ocean you never imagined. March 12, 2018 — August 18, 2019 Special Exhibition Vietnam Journey through this changing and incredibly diverse country. March 15, 2003 — March 7, 2004 Special Exhibition Water: H2O = Life Find out more about water, which is named in every language and without which no living thing exists. November 1, 2007 — May 26, 2008 Special Exhibition Whales: Giants of the Deep Whales: Giants of the Deep transports visitors to the vibrant underwater world of the mightiest animals on Earth. March 23, 2013 — January 5, 2014 Special Exhibition The World's Largest Dinosaurs Discover some of the largest dinosaurs ever to walk the Earth and explore the amazing biology of sauropods. April 11, 2011 — January 2, 2012