American Museum of Natural History’s New Exhibit Is Insane in the Brain

Where: Central Park West at 79th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10024

November 19, 2010 at 12:05 PM | by Jennifer Kester

The American Museum of Natural History will try to get inside your head in its new “Brain: The Inside Story” exhibit, which opens November 20.

The exhibit includes 28 interactive and multimedia exhibits, brain-scan imaging and brain-teasing puzzles and games, but the gross highlight may be the three-pound preserved brain on display, which will make “Body Worlds” fans geek out.

One walk-through installation simulates an active brain. It uses 800 pounds of used cables to replicate the tangled forest of 100 billion interconnected neurons, or brain cells. The exhibit lets visitors experience the the nonstop communication that occurs in their noggins.

You’ll also get to check out the brain images of people at the top of their field, like cellist Yo-Yo Ma and New York Knicks b-baller Landry Fields. Test your own gray matter with memory games that show you how to train your brain with practice.

The museum takes on a lot of weighty cerebral topics—like how the brain creates perception and how brain imaging and biochemistry advances are furthering our understanding of the emotional brain—and uses these interactive-type displays to make them accessible to everyone. You’ll also find out how 21st-century science is working to repair and improve the brain.

The exhibit runs through August 14, 2011. Tickets cost $24 for adults and $14 for kids.

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