Extremes Exhibition

The Extremes Exhibition is the Horniman Museum and Gardens new family-friendly exhibition for 2014, which offers budding explorers the chance to step way out of their comfort zone in some of the earth’s most hostile environments.

You can experience extreme heat, cold, aridity, permanent darkness and lack of oxygen – and learn about the planys and animals that live there.

A mix of hands-on experiences, including games and experiments with films, photographs and taxidermy animal specimens, shows how super specialists from the plant and animal kingdoms have adapted to, and survive in, the most extreme conditions on earth.

A Horniman cools down
© Horniman Museum and Gardens

Through exhibits and activities visitors can experience elements of the five environments featured in the exhibition, from leaving a handprint on an ice wall, to walking on hot sand.

A polar bear, camel, ostrich, scimitar oryx and pipistrelle bat are among the taxidermy specimens on display, offering visitors the opportunity to get up close, learn about and compare themselves to some of the planet’s most remarkable animals.

Paolo Viscardi, the Horniman's Deputy Keeper of Natural History said: "The world holds some really challenging environments and life has some incredible ways of adapting to them. Extremes gives visitors a rare opportunity to look, listen, feel and discover just how some amazing plants and animals survive and even thrive in extreme conditions."

This exhibition is in three languages: English, Spanish and French.

Extremes opens at the Horniman on Saturday 15 February 2014. The exhibition will then open daily at 10.30am until Sunday 2 November 2014.

Ticket prices: Child £3.30; Adult £6.60; Family £16.50 (includes 10% voluntary Gift Aid donation). Tickets will be available to book online later in mid-January 2014.

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