Les survivants de l'extrême - Extreme survival

Review

of an Exhibition

by Agnes RUIZ

Published on April 27, 2011, Modified on April 28, 2011

  • Description:

    This traveling exhibition is currently presented at Palais de la découverte (Universcience) in Paris, France.

    I am not a specialist regarding animals, but I have to admit that I really enjoyed this exhibition! I visited it with two others adults (who are not working at all in the museum sector and are not really used to visit science museums), and they really appreciated.

    The concept of the exhibition is to show how far animals can adapt to survive in places where no one would be able to live, or how they develop strategies to protect from these environments.

    The museography is rich and very adapted to the content of the exhibition. The use of hands-ont exhibits, adapted to the whole family, helps getting grip with the content (especially when you are not an animals specialist!). Some of them are very funny: you can use a magnifying glass to look into the hair of various animals and understand how they can resist cold temperatures; create an imaginary animal with special characteristics for surviving in cold or warm areas; pump water to see how much water a camel can drink, etc.
    The use of stuffed animals (or giant stuffed puppies/toys) creates a nice atmosphere and shows that it has been originally conceived by a Natural history museum.
    So here, we have a perfect mix between a science center and the use of hands-on exhibits, and a natural history museum, with the living animals and the stuffed ones!

    The exhibition is divided into 5 sections:
    - Surviving in extremely cold areas
    - Extreme dryness (overcoming thirst)
    - Resist to extreme warmth
    - Breathing a rare air
    - Living in complete darkness

    There is also a giant multimedia game (for multi-players): you have to find the hottest place on earth, the coldest one, etc. Very instructive and appealing!

    For a (quite)in-depth visit, the dwelling time is roughly 90 minutes.

    (Please note that the image of the exhibition poster comes from the Palais de la découverte website – For more information about the exhibition hosted by Palais de la découverte, see the weblinks below)

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