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Museums head for the wild side

Venture into a world of interactive nature exhibits -- from bug-sized people to snakes in-your-face

April 5, 1999
Web posted at: 3:56 p.m. EDT (1956 GMT)


By Jamie Allen
CNN Interactive Senior Writer

(CNN) -- In a world of Internet homework, fast-action video games, and ear-splitting cineplexes, it's hard to get a child's attention -- much less hold it -- these days.

Museums, in particular, have realized that in order to lure happy families -- and keep them happy -- they must expand attractions to make them more interactive and captivating to younger audiences.

In fact, five museums in the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston have added new exhibits that target young visitors with interactivity, suspension of disbelief, and education.

From "Underground Adventure" at the Field Museum in Chicago, where visitors experience first-hand what it would feel like to be the size of a bug, to "Snakes Alive" at The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, which brings visitors face-to-face with North America's most poisonous serpents, museums have transformed into learning adventures.

Join us for tours of those exhibits as well as "The Sounds of the Sea" at the New England Aquarium in Boston; "Frogs" at the Exploratorium in San Francisco; and "The Great Russian Dinosaurs" at The Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.

The ocean, the underground, bugs, frogs and snakes -- could any kid (or adult) ask for more?

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