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Towering dinosaurs, rare fossils, and virtual paleo-habitats are just a few of the awe-inspiring discoveries you’ll make inside the Life Science Hall. The Hall comprising 13 exhibition areas illustrates the wonders of life. It covers different aspects of life sciences including natural phenomena and evolutionary dynamics – from the origin of life to the extinction of species, from structures of human bodies and the journey of human life, from dinosaurs to elephants, from mathematics to aesthetics, etc... In addition to rich collection of exhibits, our interactive computer component and holographic video displays will challenge you to sharpen your knowledge about life sciences. Most but not least, a male mummy in a humanoid coffin displayed on the second floor of the Hall provides an unparalleled glimpse into the lives and traditions of people from cultures of the past and helps visitors better understand the significance of mummification separated by the gulf of millennia.
  • The entrance is located across from the IMAX Theater.
  • You can also enter from the entrance to the Chinese Science Hall (or Global Environment Hall).

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Gateway to the Living World

picture of a frog

Have you ever seen a jellyfish 2 meters in diameter, or a piece of kelp 4 meters long, or a virus 2.5 meters tall?? Can you imagine what our nerve cell looks like if it stretches from the floor to the ceiling? The Gateway to the Living World will illustrate the ingenuity of nature to you.

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The Origin of Life

picture of fishes

Explore the origin of life! Take a look at our planet of 3.8 billion years ago when there was no oxygen. See how volcanic eruptions resulted in the formation of water on Earth's surface and the beginning of life. Learn how cells work in lives. The hall of Origins of Life incorporates interactive learning methods such as computer games to demonstrate the secret of DNA. Visitors will be amazed at the complicated structures and process of cell division in an animal as small as the nematode worm.


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The Evolution of Plants

picture of plants

Evolutionary change isn't apparent in days, months, and years. Instead, it's documented in layers and layers of rocks deposited over 4.6 billion years. How does evolution take place in plants? What is the evidence? What kind of role do plants play in natural world since the evolution's "big bang"? The gallery of Evolution of Plants will answer you. And, if you've learned a lot about plant's evolution indoors, why not take a break outdoors? The nearby garden provides you a welcome retreat, and an opportunity to enhance your knowledge through an array of plant collections.


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Taking Landing

picture of a crocodile

Taking you right back to the history of time itself, here you can explore the distant past when plants took to land some 400 million years ago. Travel back in time and discover the amazing journey of animal life from water to land and their survival on Earth. See how they adapted to their new environment.

In Taking Landing gallery you can meet an African crocodile and a huge python. Don't be panic! They are not real and living. Though, you'll gain a better understanding of reptiles.


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The Age of Dinosaurs

Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries

Tyrannosaurus rex

The science of paleontology explores the history of life on Earth. Paleontologists study the fossil remains of dinosaurs, including their skeletons, shells, footprints, and even coprolite. The Museum's Gallery of Dinosaurs contains more than 50 fossils and fossil replicas, four animatronic dinosaurs manufactured by KOKORO (a Japanese company which has developed a wide variety of robots), providing a vivid glimpse into the incredible 3.5-billion-year story of life on Earth. From the feathered dinobird to the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex, this exhibit gallery will bring you face-to-face with the creatures that once ruled our planet!

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Taking Flight

picture of a pterosaur

The origins of the birds has until now been one of the great enigmas of evolution. They are thought to come from a dinosaur lineage. But why can they fly? Through models, photographs, simple interactives, and selected specimens from the Museum, the Flight gallery demonstrates the bird's muscles, bones, and feathers. Also, a film illustrates a variety of gestures of birds' or insects' flying and some ancient flying reptiles.


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Extinction

timeline of dinosaurs' age

Extinction is the complete demise of a species. It has occurred throughout the history of life on Earth. The causes of extinction are many and highly variable. Why some species are going extinct? Aside from some known or unknown reasons, are humans becoming a significant additional cause of extinction for many species? Why? And how? The gallery of Extinction demonstrates you the phenomena of mass extinction from Darwin's theory through human's destructive behaviors.


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The Evolution and Adaptability of Mammals

picture of a polar bear

The gallery of Mammals invites visitors to explore the incredible diversity of mammals, including humans, and the processes by which they arose and continue to adapt. Featuring 22 exciting taxidermied mounts and dozens of mammal skeletons and fossils in a variety of environments - from polar to desert regions and from dry to humid environments - the exhibit tells the story of mammal evolution through adaptation to changing habitats. The information provided is in a variety of formats, ranging from text and graphics to the latest in exhibition technology.


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The Journey of Human Life

picture of the Journey of Human Life exhibition

Listen to what a baby experiences in the womb. Preview your ageing faces, and learn how to stay healthy regardless of ageing. Explore medical technology and techniques of preserving human remains. Try to gain a better understanding about human biology and the importance of respecting lives. You 're amazing - and The Journey of Human Life explains why, with all kinds of facts and figures about our bodies, and how, with mummies, Buddhist relic, burial jades, masks... etc. Opening May 17, 2006, The Journey of Human Life, a new permanent exhibit gallery at the 2nd floor of the Life Science Hall, adds to the Museum's richness.

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The Story of Man

picture of a pithecanthrope

Scientific evidence shows that the physical and behavioral traits shared by all people originated from apelike ancestors and evolved over a period of at least 5 million years. But how did we separate from the other great apes, and where did modern humans first evolve? Why our ancestors began the fundamental human adaptation of walking upright on two legs, and how we eventually replaced other surviving humans, and came to dominate the planet? Find out the answers to these intriguing questions and discover the secrets of our own evolution at the gallery of The Story of Man.

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Numbers and Shapes

picture of a pithecanthrope

Mathematics is the science that deals with the logic of shape, quantity and arrangement. Math, which has been at the forefront of every civilized society and in use in the most primitive of cultures, is all around us and in everything we do.
Learn how mathematics influences human life. Find out the geometric mysteries of various shapes in Nature. Gain a deep understanding about the theory of relativity in modern physics.


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Light and Colors

picture of a pithecanthrope

We live in a world of optical marvels - from the commonplace but beautiful rainbow to the rare and eerie superior mirage. But how many of us really understand the properties of light and colors, which living organisms use to help them survive and humans use to create artistic achievements and enrich their spiritual life? The Gallery will answer these questions.


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Sounds

picture of a pithecanthrope

Sound is a pressure wave caused when something vibrates, making particles bump into each other and then apart. Hearing helps us understand and perceive the world around us. Here visitors will explore which and how animals use sound to communicate. Also, they will listen to nature sounds and nature ambiances with sounds of rain, wind, thunder and storm, birds and animals, and create their own nature sounds mixes.


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