Animal Grossology

  • Date
    September 26, 2011 – January 8, 2012 (except for December 25, 2012)
  • Time 10:00 a.m.
  • Location Washington, D.C.
  • Price Exhibition included in Museum Admission; Adults - $8; Members/Military/Seniors (over 62)/Students/Groups (25+) - $6; Children (ages 5-12) - $4; School & youth groups (18 and under) - Free (for info on how to reserve a trip follow the Group Sales link below)

Past Event

Photo: Children with cow in Animal Grossology
Children check out the digestive tract of a cow.

Photo courtesy Advanced Exhibits

Photo: A girl looks at an exhibit about flies.

An animated fly explains the many myths of the fly world.

Photo courtesy Advanced Exhibits

Experience some of the slimiest, stinkiest and downright yuckiest creatures on Earth in this interactive exhibition combining solid science with disgusting fun. You may think leeches are pretty gross but they’re used after some surgeries to assist in the healing process. Did you know that cows are one of the gassiest animals on Earth? Learn why the dung beetle is nature’s living pooper scooper and why scientists are studying slug and snail slime production for clues in treating cystic fibrosis.

Download the Animal Grossology Teacher Guide.

Enjoy the companion exhibition, Weird But True, based on the popular National Geographic Kids series and featuring the wackiest, weirdest, and totally true facts about the animal world.

Exhibition Activities

Guided Tours
Wednesdays at 11am
Free with museum admission

Ever wonder how many bacteria one fly can carry or how many times a cow chews a bite of grass? Join National Geographic staff for a guided tour of the stinky, smelly, and gross world of animals. Meet Sir Gus Flea and Helga the Hagfish as you become an expert on the science behind Animal Grossology.

Drop-in Programs
Daily at 11am
Free with museum admission

If you have caught a firefly on a summer night you have witnessed one form of light that can be found in nature. Join National Geographic staff to explore the differences between incandescent, bioluminescent, and chemiluminescent reactions. Be amazed as we use basic chemicals to create a bright glowing light in a test tube.

Spontaneous Generation
Ever forget to take out the trash only to find small white creatures infesting your old food? Where did these small worms come from? Follow in the footsteps of famous scientists Redi and Pasteur to test the theory of spontaneous generation and observe how quickly germs and contaminants can spread.

Gone Fish Printin’: Gyotaku Printmaking Workshop
Saturday, December 17

Workshops require advanced registration required. Please email NatGeoMuseum[at]ngs.org to register.

The exhibition was created and produced by Advanced Animations LLC, in collaboration with Sylvia Branzei, the author of the GROSSOLOGY series of books. GROSSOLOGY is a registered trademark of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Generous support has been provided by:

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