You probably don't associate the Frost Museum of Science with late-night partying. But its newest exhibit, "Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence," will have guests lingering in a dark, rave-like atmosphere of pulsating lights.
Opening at Frost Science this Saturday, October 6, "Creatures of Light" introduces visitors to the flickering, dazzling world of natural organisms that can behave like living night lights.
From flashing anglerfish and scorpions to glimmering coral and fungi, it's all about bioluminescence, one of nature's most enchanting, mysterious wonders. Produced through a chemical reaction that takes place within an organism, this detectable "cold light," which gives off almost no heat, is emitted in different colors for different purposes.
The phenomenon is rare among organisms that live on
Organized by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature and Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History, the traveling exhibit will fill the Hsiao Family Special Exhibition Gallery at Frost Science. With a thought-provoking format to suit adults and older kids, the show will also delight young children through visuals such as larger-than-life overhead models and a woodland floor filled with bioluminescent mushrooms.
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The show is a very welcome addition, Uricchio says, because "South Florida does not have many bioluminescent animals. The majority of locals would not get to see one on their own."
In addition to encountering live examples such as flashlight fish and dinoflagellates, visitors can experience immersive replicas of the Waitomo cave system in New Zealand, where glowworms drop sticky threads from their bioluminescent tails to ensnare prey, and an interactive re-creation of Mosquito Bay in Puerto Rico, home to dinoflagellates that produce a glowing halo around anything that moves through the water.
The exhibit will also include access to interactive videos with scientists and iPads featuring animations, photographs, and in-depth exhibition information. A symphonic soundtrack by composer Tom Phillips will set a distinctive mood in each section to create a fully immersive audiovisual adventure.
"Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence." Saturday, October 6, through April 21, 2019, at the Frost Museum of Science, 101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-434-9600; tickets.frostscience.org. Tickets cost $29, and discounts are available for Miami-Dade residents and students.