I recently visited the new Amazon Voyages: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and was shown around by the curator John Demboski.
I recently visited the new Amazon Voyages: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and was shown around by the curator John Demboski. This exhibit runs from September 24th through January 2nd and it is free with admission to the museum! This exhibit is very hands-on, which makes it great for elementary and middle school students. It is a very good exhibit for high school students if they are doing any sort of report, otherwise they might find themselves a little bored.
The trip starts out on Captain Mo's river boat, where he tells you about your journey up one of the Amazon rivers tributaries, the Rio Negro. He also tells you about the seven perils of the Amazon; the electric eel, the stingray, the caiman ( a cousin of the alligator), the anaconda, the piranha, the pirIba and the candiru. After you visit captain Mo you begin your journey down the Rio Negro. There are seven different stops you make on your trip and each one tells you a little bit more about the seven perils. Some of the stops even have live animals! There are piranhas, stingrays and a cart with South American Cockroaches.
The stations also have interactive activities to help learn more about some of the animals. One station has a puzzle wheel where you match fish to the correct place they live in the river. Another one has a box full of muck you dig around in to find plastic replicas of the animals that live in it! One of the final two stops of the journey tells about the real perils of the Amazon, things that people are doing. Such as damming, poaching, mining and several more. The last stop tells you about the other animals that live in the amazon, like birds, monkeys and insects. It also tells you about the trading festival in the Amazon, with a place you can dress up and dance just like in the Amazon!
After you have your fun you can go make a fish print tot take home with you. You make a stingray, a piranha or a bass. This exhibit was full of new facts to learn without being to overwhelming and, it was fun. I recommend going to see this exhibit if your looking for some cool new information and a good time.