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.
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.
Add your eye to the giant projection displayed in our glowing room. Can you identify all the parts of your eye?
Everybody emits infrared light in the form of heat. What colors do you see?
Color filters remove certain colors we normally see, making your environment look different.
William Stamps Farish Fund