On Exhibit

Visit the Museum at Prairiefire for an EXCITING year of Exhibition at the MAP! Here is a preview of our 2019 exhibitions and experiences. We will cover a range of topics with diverse as well as interrelated themes, providing an exciting year of edu-tainment!

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Feature: Savage Ancient Seas

When dinosaurs roamed the Earth, the Midwest was home to fearsome, real sea monsters fighting for existence in a vast inland sea that stretched from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy a field trip through the Savage Ancient Seas as our educators and scientists give your students unforgettable lessons about ecosystems, adaptation, Earth processes, and the unbelievable history of our own region.

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The Discovery Room

Children enter a world of authentic hands-on science and interactive discovery. Explore major fields of scientific research, from anthropology to zoology. Excited, engaged children will find an array of artifacts and specimens, puzzles, and scientific challenges. Bonus... find ancient fossils in the stone walls of the balcony! Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

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360 VR Experience

The possibilities are limitless when it comes to this 360 degree virtual reality experience! Find yourself on the International Space Station... Go spacewalking as an astronaut... Watch a volcano erupt right before your eyes! Shows every 15 minutes.  

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Voyager VR: Stonehenge

Now playing in the Michael and Sasha Kahn VR Theater, Stonehenge VR is a one-of-a-kind virtual reality experience that transports you to the most mysterious of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. Stonehenge VR is a fully interactive digital experience that tracks your movements as you tour through the stone columns of this ancient monument in England. All tours are shaped by your actions! 

*RESERVATIONS suggested for the Virtual Reality Theater/Stonehenge Experience. Please see the Welcome Desk or email us at info@visitthemap.org.

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Paleo Kansas City

Paleo Kansas City invites visitors to go back three hundred million years ago to see the fascinating fossil remains when Kansas City’s home was on the paleoequator. This engaging exhibit features a prized collection of dozens of fossils found in Kansas City courtesy of Dr. Richard Gentile, professor emeritus of geosciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and curator of UMKC’s Richard L. Sutton, Jr. Geosciences Museum. Paleo Kansas City brings to life the oceans, rain forests, palm trees, giant ferns, mastodons, mammoths and grizzly-sized sloths that populated the area millions of summers ago.

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In Search of the Higgs boson

The background for world renowned artist Xavier Cortada’s banners, also hanging at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, honors scientific collaboration. It is composed of words from the pages of 383 joint publications and the names of more than 4,000 scientists, engineers and technicians who worked together to find the elusive Higgs boson. This exhibit explores The Standard Model, scientific theory and the ways we begin to understand their meaning in our lives the world we live in.

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Alive! AR Experience

Step into the ancient world and create a creature from the past! Select from modern-day sites, find a fossil, then start digging. Learn myth-busting facts about T. rex, Velociraptor and even a Kansas Pteranodon. Once your creature is complete, give it a name and watch it come ALIVE in the Great Hall! 

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The Real Story of T. rex

Learn about the first Tyrannosaurus rex ever discovered! Find out what scientists know now about this amazing creature, and meet Barnum Brown, the boy from  Kansas who discovered the very first T. rex!

Barnum Brown’s Desk 

This desk is a replica of the one Barnum Brown used at the American Museum of Natural History in New York for over 50 years! Watch a video about Barnum Brown, open the drawers, and learn about the ‘Greatest Dinosaur Hunter’ that ever lived.