hough polar zones are some of the most inhospitable regions on Earth, they have become the global focus in recent years. There is strong evidence that climate change has had an impact in the Arctic and the Antarctic. Increasing global temperatures disrupt ecosystems, melting the habitats of polar bears and Antarctic penguins and pushing them to extinction. Scientists even estimate that more than 1 million species on Earth could be obliterated by 2050 if the current trajectory continues.
As the leading institution of natural science in Taiwan, the National Museum of Natural Science captures the simultaneous impulse emergent in this century and breaks new ground this May as it hosts the exciting exhibition 'Ends of the Earth: the North and South Poles', aiming at rousing the audiences to get to know the importance of polar zones and take some actions.
In the eyes of children, museums are much too solemn and full of rules. Some of them may think that the ecosystem is too abstract and incomprehensible, and is detached from their daily life. With the aim of encouraging children to realize that climate change will rapidly alter the lands and waters we all depend upon for survival, 'Ends of the Earth' exhibition combines education with recreation. Massive scenic landscapes, depicting the austere beauty of these frozen zones, provide striking backdrops for the exhibit areas - each combining interactive artifact-based displays and multimedia. Visitors will explore the unique nature of the Earth's Polar Regions, the Shackleton's Antarctic adventure, the story of RMS Titanic, and what we can do to save our planet. 'Ends of the Earth' uses many an inflatable and interactive exhibit to attract visitors' attention. Kids and adults alike will love the exhibition!
A big inflatable polar bear with her cub, and a king penguin, with a teardrop on their faces, welcome visitors to the exhibition.
The Arctic and the Antarctic
The journey begins with a rotating air tight inflatable earth globe. Also, there is a life-size inflatable humpback whale for visitors to get into its belly to see what it has eaten. Visitors will compare bear and penguin unique to the Arctic and the Antarctic. Why is it cold in the Polar Regions? Where has the coldest temperature on Earth been recorded? Can you see the Northern Lights at the South Pole?
The Polar Ecology
In addition to exploring the animal, the plant, and the human adaptations, and the food chain of Polar Regions, visitors will learn about the status of polar bears and penguins from research scientists. Why are the Polar Regions indicators of climate change on our planet? Visitors will understand how climate change is affecting the polar landscape.
The Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure
Ernest Shackleton's Trans-Antarctica expedition of 1914 - 1917 is one the most incredible adventure stories of all time. The expedition managed to survive the loss of their ship in the middle of the Antarctic pack ice. Learn about the tale of heroism and fortitude in the face of appalling hardships.
'SOS Planet' portrays the most pressing environmental issues of our time: global warming and climate change. It both amazes and informs as the cause and effect of the two conditions and explains them through videos. It also portrays the ends of the Earth as unique places on our planet and encourages thoughtful action by visitors.
'RMS Titanic' is the exit experience for the exhibit. RMS Titanic, a British passenger liner, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early morning of 10 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK to New York City, US. In addition to basic information about the sunken ship, visitors will find accurate and comprehensive reference guides. This exhibit attempts to tell the story of the 2,200 passengers and crew and that of the great ship with which their fate would be inextricably linked.
It's up to us to do what we can to care for the environment. There are plenty of ways to be green and make choices that help our planet. If you care for our environment and want to learn more about the Polar Regions, this thought-provoking exhibition 'Ends of the Earth: the North and the South Poles' is the place!
- Ends of the Earth is a ticketing special exhibition. See admission fees.
Ends of the Earth: the North and the South Poles is organized and presented by the National Museum of Natural Science.