In the Realm of Mole and Earthworm
October 10, 2021 to June 19, 2022
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 happens underground just once? The interactive family exhibition “Expedition Earth” is an invitation to do this at the Historische Museum der Pfalz in Speyer from October 10, 2021 through June 19, 2022.
The exhibition will demonstrate 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. Even numerous mammals live underground in part. What jobs do all these animals perform? What role do plants play?
Visitors will go on a discovery tour in the exhibition, meeting true earthworker superheroes such as the earthworm. The fascinating interactive stations in the exhibition will include a research station on photosynthesis and a climb-on tractor with farming equipment. Numerous media stations will 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 treating the earth sustainably is so important.
The exhibition is intended for children aged six to twelve.
This project was developed by the ZOOM Children’s Museum in Vienna with scholarly advice from the Universität für Bodenkultur in Vienna. The Youth Museum Speyer has added interactive stations on such topics as bumblebees, mammals and the “wood wide web” to the exhibition.
More information is available on www.expedition-erde-ausstellung.de