Sights Unseen

Sights Unseen

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Ages
4+
Admission
Included with General Admission
Perfect For
Creative Thinkers
Scientists
Techies & Gamers
Location
First Floor
Accessibility
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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
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About the Exhibit

Human vision is impressive, but there is far more to see than human eyes allow. Peek beyond what you can see into the mysterious and unseen world around you as you're immersed in a new exhibit full of color, darkness, and light meant to stimulate the senses.

Discover how human vision works and compare it to animals’ vision, exploring how certain adapted characteristics give some animals special visual enhancements. Experiment and manipulate light to see how it affects what we see.

In Sights Unseen, everyone is invited to push past their perceptions and observe the world through a whole new lens.

Educators

Sights Unseen provides kids the opportunities for an immersive exploration into light and vision from a variety of different science perspectives. Some kids may want to tackle the physics of light – what is light, what makes up visible light, and how can we manipulate light. Others may prefer to experiment with the anatomy and physiology of vision – understanding the parts of the eye and how they function to enable us to see. And then some may want an ecological perspective with hands-on experiences into what animals see and what advantages their vision gives them compared to humans. Whatever the interest, Sights Unseen has a variety of avenues for exploration.

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Ages
4+
Admission
Included with General Admission
Perfect For
Creative Thinkers
Scientists
Techies & Gamers
Location
First Floor
Accessibility
See Accessibility
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are the state standards for Texas public schools from kindergarten to year 12.
TEKS
Science
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What Parents Are Saying

"We just visited for the first time since the closure and had such a wonderful experience! I was concerned that my 18 month old wouldn't be able to enjoy the 'older kid' activities after you reopened, but we were pleasantly surprised. There was plenty for him to do and play with, and everything was so clean! I felt I should say thank you to the entire staff for their hard work keeping the museum an enjoyable and safe experience for all."

Marianna C.

Member

"Constantly disinfecting"

"Great job on the cleanliness during this pandemic. Constantly disinfecting and reminding those with masks to wear them correctly. Felt safe."

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"Always fun here!"

"Always fun here! They did a great job maintaining a clean sanitized facility while keeping the children entertained and everyone happy. Staff are very attentive and polite ready to help you with all of your needs."

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Exhibit Features

There’s a lot to see and do in this exhibit—check out some of these unique activities!

Scan your eye

Add your eye to our wall!

Add your eye to the giant projection displayed in our glowing room. Can you identify all the parts of your eye?

Infrared Light

How hot are you?

Everybody emits infrared light in the form of heat. What colors do you see?

Color Filters

Look at the world through a new lens!

Color filters remove certain colors we normally see, making your environment look different.

What Can My Family Do?

Here are activity suggestions for specific age groups in this exhibit.

Toddler Activities

  • Look at yourself in infrared light. What colors do you see?
  • Watch things change under ultraviolet lights.
  • Explore colored lights.

Preschooler Activities

  • Look at how animals see the world.
  • Guess animal names based on pictures of their eyes!
  • How can humans and animals see in the dark?

Lower Elementary Activities

  • How do changing colors affect what you see?
  • Scan your eye and learn the parts.
  • Experiment with fluorescence.

Upper Elementary Activities

  • Explore how eyes work.
  • Examine what it means to be colorblind.
  • Create art using birefringence.

Exhibit Guidelines and Rules

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