COSI in Columbus, Ohio is offering visitors the chance to ponder their ideas about race at the museum’s thought- provoking special exhibit, “Race — Are We So Different?”, on display through May 6. It is approximately a 2 hour drive to Columbus from Cleveland.
“Race — Are We So Different?” This interactive, educational exhibit was developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota. Visitors will hear stories about race from three different points of view; cultural, biological and historical perspectives that will take a look at race and racism in America.
The exhibit encompasses the subject with historical artifacts, multimedia presentations, photographs, graphic displays and interactive components.
The Human Variation science side of the exhibit will include sections where visitors can learn about human genetics and biology and about the science behind the variations in skin color in humans. Visitors can also see how environment plus genes affect a person’s health and they can take a Human Variation Quiz and test their knowledge about variations in humans.
The Living Experience section of the exhibit gives visitors a chance to take a sports quiz where they can test their knowledge of facts and stereotypes about race and they can take the Game of Life Experience where they can take a walk in somebody else’s shoes. In “A Girl Like Me” you can learn about the beauty standards imposed on today’s black girls and at the Global Census you can become informed about what race you would be somewhere else.
Admission to “Race — Are We So Different?” is included with COSI admission. Cost for standard admission (just exhibits) is $14.75 for adults, $13.75 for seniors and $9.75 for children (2-12).
Winter hours for COSI are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday – Saturday and noon – 6 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed most Mondays and Tuesdays.
Food can be purchased at COSI’s Atomic Cafe. Items include pizza, salads, grilled items and deli sandwiches.
Voted the #1 Science Center in the country by Parents Magazine, COSI is located at 333 West Broad Street in Columbus. For more information call 614-228-2674 or get online at www.cosi.org or Understanding Race.org. It is approximately a 2 hour drive from Cleveland.