The Natural History Museum of Utah is opening a new exhibit that examines how some of the Earth’s most dangerous natural disasters happen.
At one of the several hands-on learning experiences at the new Nature Unleashed exhibit, a group of 4th graders from Rose Creek Elementary School learn about what happens to buildings built on sandy soil during an earthquake. Lisa Thompson, the manager of public programs, says she hopes hands on experiences like this one help people make an emotional connection with the powerful natural events that help shape the Earth.
“It’s that personal connection that, I think, sparks people’s learning, motivates them to want to learn more, and, in this case, we hope will also motivate them to take action in their own lives to be prepared for the disasters that will inevitably strike our community.”
Along with the scientific explanations of tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis the new exhibit also shares the personal stories of people who have been affected by them. In fact, museum Executive Director Sarah George says it’s her favorite part.
“Seeing how people have coped with tragedy since these natural disasters, understanding how they’ve moved on and it is a testament to the resilience of human spirit.”
The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, May 25. George says the museum will also be donating 25% of ticket revenue during the opening week to the American Red Cross to help out the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado.