Never look at the world the same way again. Numbers In Nature: A Mirror Maze is an interactive and immersive new permanent exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago that exposes and explains the mathematical patterns that abound in the natural world—from the delicate nested spirals of a sunflower’s seeds, to the ridges of a majestic mountain range, to the layout of the universe—providing a unique perspective of our daily surroundings.
The centerpiece of the exhibit is an 1,800-square-foot elaborate mirror maze in which guests can explore and navigate a seemingly infinite repeating pattern of mirrors. Interactive elements throughout the exhibit allow for hands-on learning to understand that math is all around us in everyday life, revealing the beauty of our world through numbers. The exhibit opens October 8, 2014 on the Museum’s Main Level and is included in Museum Entry.
“The Museum is thrilled to open an exhibit that illuminates mathematics and numbers in a fun, interactive way,” said Kurt Haunfelner, MSI’s vice president of exhibits and collections. “By showcasing that fascinating numerical patterns are all around us, we hope that both kids and adults alike will become inspired to discover more about how math, as a part of the Stem fields, is a strong and important presence in our daily lives.”