Find our Living World Exhibition in The Grand Arcade, Cambridge
Explore life from the basic building blocks to endangered species in our hands on exhibits, interactive shows and fun activities.
Can you “build” your own plant, get plankton to float at just the right level in the “ocean”, and can you find your place in the Tree of Life?
11.30am Same but Different
Meet Darwin and his family – why do they look alike? And how come we all look a bit the same – but different? Look into his famous voyage on The Beagle and how that helped him formulate his theory of evolution. Packed full of fun games and demos, this show gives you a chance to be a part of a 5 billion year old story!
2.30pm Leaves and Seeds
Find out how and why leaves change colour in Autumn, and discover some of the ways the plants spread their seeds in this interactive show.
Make something a little different with our activities today!
12.30pm Plankton Challenge
Plankton are a diverse group of living things that live in large bodies of water like the oceans who are unable to swim against the current. Plant plankton, or phytoplankton, live near the surface of the ocean as they need sunlight to make energy. Zooplankton need to stay in the same zone as their food. Find out how difficult it is to stay in the correct zone in this sink or float activity.
3.30pm Fabulous Fungi
Bold and vibrant fungi are found in nearly every garden, but what we witness above ground are just the beautiful fruiting buds. However, what about their hidden underground network of hyphae? Find out how fungi are responsible for playing a huge part in our ecosystems, and are one of the unsung heroes of the natural world.