On View Until September 3

No matter the age group, all visitors walk away with a new respect for nature... Chicago Tribune


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About the Exhibition

Our planet sustains us, protects us, and makes life possible; but it also humbles us with its dramatic power. Come explore our dynamic relationship with Earth in this summer's featured exhibition, Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters. Through a series of stunning displays, state-of-the-art animations, and poignant large-scale images, you’ll learn the causes behind natural disasters and discover how people cope with their aftermath.



Nature Unleashed investigates what we know and are still learning about nature’s terrifying power by focusing on four types of disasters—earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. These phenomena are the spectacular results of forces that drive our ever-changing planet and dramatically affect the lives of everyone around the world. From Pompeii to Papua New Guinea, from New Orleans to Greenburg, Kansas, Nature Unleashed examines the science behind the history and the headlines.


To understand how natural phenomena work, interactive displays and animations let you trigger an earthquake, simulate a tsunami, generate a virtual volcano, and stand within the center of a roaring tornado. Images, artifacts, and inspiring survivor stories then bring home the realities of recent disasters by revealing how people adapt to living at risk. So prepare yourself for a memorable and powerful experience as Nature Unleashed immerses you in the forces of geology and weather that have shaped our planet and our lives.

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