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The Life exhibition features three separate areas that explore humanity through the body, mind, and soul. The body display features interactive health stations where visitors can record their body weight, heart rate, and flexibility, while the mind area contains physical and optical illusions, an anechoic chamber and a zoetrope. The soul or spirit exhibit delves into the concept of birth and death and how we, as humans, understand them.
The Progress exhibition features a recreated town called Progress, which is modeled after the ‘Streets of Yesteryear’ and traces the hopes and fears of a small town, such as when horseless carriages, electricity, and canned food became available. The 1888 town includes an apothecary, clothiers, grocer, livery, telegraph office, and a stable. As visitors move through the display, they venture into the same town 64 years later in 1962, which offer up a set of new challenges, such as electric appliances, television and radio and gas stations.
Divided into two realms, the Ocean exhibit explores the realities of ocean research and the properties of water through exhilarating displays and activities, such as a crashed shipwreck, an underwater cave, and a docked submarine laboratory, the ancient stone Temple of Poseidon, water jets, fountains, whirlpools, and waterfalls.
Housed in Gallery 3, the Space exhibit is home to a replica space station pod which visitors can explore, complete with a recreation of the Friendship 7 spacecraft from the Mercury-Atlas 6, remote-operated moon vehicles, and an array of hands-on experiments that deal with gravitational pull, spaceflight trajectory, and simulated rover landings. Gallery 3 also houses the Galaxy Theater, once used as a live theater for Space with murals of planets and stars adorning the walls.