Every day, we witness countless events and encounters on our streets, in yards or even in forests. Yet we know but little about what is happening beneath our feet. Wouldn’t it be fascinating to explore what is going on underground just once? The interactive family exhibition “Expedition Earth” at the Historical Museum of the Palatinate from October 10, 2021 through June 19, 2022 is an invitation to do that in Speyer.
The exhibition demonstrates the importance of treating the resource soil mindfully and carefully. Plants take root in the soil. Fungi form giant networks underground and supply trees with water. Countless creatures romp in the ground, starting with the smallest creatures, invisible to the naked eye, to worms and beetles through ants and bumblebees. Numerous mammals live underground in part too. What jobs do all these animals perform? What role do plants play?
In the exhibition, visitors go on a discovery tour, meeting true earthworker superheroes such as the earthworm. The fascinating interactive stations in the exhibition include a research station on photosynthesis and a climb-on tractor with farming equipment. Numerous media stations communicate interesting facts about the world beneath our feet in a fun way, ultimately teaching visitors big and small what they can do to protect this unique and vital ecosystem and why it is so important to treat the earth sustainably.
This project was developed by the ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna with scholarly advice from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna. The Youth Museum Speyer has added interactive stations on such topics as bumblebees, mammals and the “wood wide web” to the exhibition.
Berichterstattung in der Sendung "natürlich!" des SWR
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