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The Machine Inside: Biomechanics

The exhibtion closes - 18th October 2014



Animals as survival machines – a glimpse into the wonders of the animal world

How does a giraffe’s heart function? Why is the cheetah the fastest animal in the world? Why do fishes have scales? How do birds fly so high?
  • A fascinating interactive exhibition for the whole family invites you to explore the world of living creatures. Discover the innovative technology developed by man as the result of observing nature.
  • Dozens of fossils, stuffed animals, moving exhibits, film clips, three-dimensional graphics and more.
  • This unique exhibition comes to us from the Field Natural Museum in Chicago. This is its first presentation outside of the United States.
  • In honor of the exhibition, the Science Museum is putting on a new production – The Race to the Ark – a multimedia show for the whole family, combining modern dance, theater and animation.

The Machine Inside: Biomechanics is a new interactive exhibition for all ages. You are invited to embark on a fascinating journey deep into the animal kingdom to learn about new and exciting technological advances developed by man through observing nature.

This new exhibition comes to us directly from the Field Natural Museum in Chicago, one of the largest nature museums in the world and a leader in its field. The exhibition will launch its world tour on July 9th at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem before continuing on to Europe.

The exhibition presents animals as machines with the ability to move, feel, and survive.

Fossils, stuffed animals, three-dimensional presentations, video clips and interactive exhibits enable visitors to experiment, study, and discover the world of nature: how does the cheetah run so fast? How do fleas jump so far? How did a fish that was becoming extinct develop strong jaws to capture prey? Why doesn’t a giraffe get dizzy when it lowers its head? How did the thorns in a dog’s coat inspire the invention of Velcro? How does imitating nature improve our lives?

The exhibition includes dozens of displays that invite you to observe, compare, role play, investigate, and discover. Covering more than 500 meters in a special air-conditioned structure next to the Museum, it includes a life-sized giraffe, digital exhibits, video clips, stuffed animals and more. Join a guided tour, watch scientific demonstrations and workshops, and take home a free gift!

In honor of the exhibition, the Science Museum is launching a new production – The Race to the Ark. The performance, combining modern dance, theater and animation, is suited to the whole family. The show integrates reality and the Bible. It is a survival story about two brave boys:

The deluge has started. Rain is pouring from the skies and the Flood is coming. To make sure of a place in the Ark, two boys find themselves competing against nature’s athletes. They must run faster than the cheetah, jump higher than the kangaroo, and stand on one leg longer than the flamingo. They are challenged by the physical abilities, flexibility and power of nature.

THE MACHINE INSIDE: BIOMECHANICS was developed by the Field Natural Museum in Chicago, USA.

The exhibition will be on display at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem from 9th July -18th October 2014
  • Languages: Hebrew, English, Arabic
  • The exhibition is accessible to physically disabled visitors
  • Each display has captions in three languages


Visitors can also attend these workshops at no extra cost:


Building workshop: What’s Walking?
Workshop for children: Build an animal that moves on its own without any motor or springs. Learn the principles of how animals move, learn about balance and shifts in the center of gravity. You can take your animal home as a souvenir.

Hands on workshop: Senses & Mimics
A workshop for the whole family, focusing on the special mechanisms of animals, their senses, and what helps them survive in the wild. Learn how the frog sees only the moving flies but not the sunset, how ducks can see enemies lurking behind them, and how the mimic octopus disguises itself by imitating other species.  

Scientific demonstration: Ideas from Nature
This intriguing and entertaining demonstration answers the following questions: What do sportswear and acorns have in common? How do bats help blind people? What does a porcupine quill have to do with sewing up cuts? What’s the connection between frogs and razor blades?

You will also see technological advances based on the study of the amazing world of living creatures.

A new theatre production

The Race to the Ark. The performance, combining modern dance, theater and animation, is suited to the whole family. The show integrates reality and the Bible. It is a survival story about two brave boys:

The deluge has started. Rain is pouring from the skies and the Flood is coming. To make sure of a place in the Ark, two boys find themselves competing against nature’s athletes. They must run faster than the cheetah, jump higher than the kangaroo, and stand on one leg longer than the flamingo. They are challenged by the physical abilities, flexibility and power of nature.

Opening hours


Sun - Wed10:00 - 18:00
Thu16:00 - 20:00
Fri10:00 - 16:00
Sat10:00 - 18:00

High Holidays

Rosh Hashan - September 24-26 - Closed

Yom Kippur - October 2-4 (including Thursday) - Closed


Ticket prices

Children under 5Free
Adult / child over the age of 5NIS 79
Adult / child with Yerushalmi cardNIS 50
Family (2 parents + 2 children or 1 parent + 3 children)NIS 220
Students, police, soldiers, disabled personsNIS 59
Senior citizens ticket purchased through Bimot
(NIS 39.50 only at the Museum's ticket office on presentation of senior citizen card)

 

 

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Date Created: 16/06/14
Date Updated: 25/12/14