The Being Human Hall poses the question to visitors: What does it mean to be human? Visitors have explored the different forms of life we interact with in previous halls, but this one examines the unique experience of being human. It invites guests to examine cross sections of actual human tissues and samples, to test out a prosthetic hand, to launch a ping pong ball using only the mind, and even learn the ways the human body moves by using motion capture displays to mimic the moves of tai chi practitioners and dancers.
The Texas Instruments Engineering and Innovation Hall allows visitors to create music in the museum’s sound studio or to build a functioning robot to learn about machine languages and programming instructions.
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The Rees-Jones Foundation Dynamic Earth Hall contains a thrilling earthquake simulator and features footage from actual tornadoes that have hit Texas.
Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall features the world’s largest gold nugget and the Grape Jelly Geode, a 1.5 ton mineral.
The Tom Hunt Energy Hall lets visitors travel virtually through a nine-thousand-foot gas well, and experience natural gas fracking, and teaches guests about the different types of oil drilling as alternative fuels in use today.
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T. Boone Pickens Life Then and Now Hall shows viewers the evolution of life on Earth over the course of its 4 billion year journey. It has on display an actual alamosaurus skeleton and a model of a 35-foot malawisaurus.
The Expanding Universe Hall uses high definition screens and immersive visuals to take visitors through a recreation of the Big Bang and formation of the Solar System.
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