The U.S Space & Rocket Center is known for its rockets and space exhibits. Now, it's giving visitors a chance to learn about animals that last roamed the earth thousands of years ago. The traveling exhibit, "Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age" will be at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center from May 26 to September 2.
The exhibit was put together by Chicago's Field Museum, and features everything from life-sized copies and reproductions of the ancient relatives of today's elephant, to actual bones and other artifacts. Some of the material is so rare it is displayed in climate-controlled cases. Other material is so sensitive, you can't take photos.
Ed Stewart is the Director of Exhibits for the Space & Rocket Center.
"With Alabama's educational focus shifting toward stem scientific knowledge and math, we also wanted to showcase not just engineering and its accomplishments, but other areas of science and technology. We feel that "Mastodons and Mammoths" reflects not just the science of paleontology, but also talks about the technology used to examine the objects in the exhibit."
Stewart says the exhibit also has plenty of 'wow' factor, too.
"We expect it to appeal of course to a young crowd as well as to adults because the scientific content is really fantastic."
There are hands-on sections of the exhibit, as well as entertaining videos to make the viewing experience both fun and educational.
"Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age" is included in the admission price to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.