Bishop Museum exhibit offers ‘nuts and bolts’ look at natural world

Find out how the ingenuity of evolution has inspired human mechanics in the latest exhibition at the Bishop Museum.

“The Machine Inside: Biomechanics” will be at the museum’s Castle Memorial Building from Saturday, Feb. 25, through Monday, Sept. 4.

Using real specimens, life-like models, video footage, interactive displays and even the world’s largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex model (pictured), this exhibition explores the marvels of natural engineering. Find out why every living thing — including humans — is a machine built to survive, move, and discover, and explore the ways in which these marvels of natural engineering have inspired ingenious man-made mechanisms.

Using the power of pumps, pipes and pressure, living things move air and fluids to where they’re needed most. Biomechanics features five touchable heart models of a mammal, bird, reptile, amphibian and fish. A highlight of the exhibit is a giraffe-heart model that visitors can actually pump, illustrating the pressure required to push fluid to great heights.

Another section in the exhibit will also give visitors the chance to “fly” with an interactive feature designed to show the differences between long and short wings. Visitors who “flap” with different wing designs on a rotating chair will discover that while it’s easy to get up to speed with a shorter wing, the longer wing enables an easier sustained flight.

And then there’s “Sue” the T.-rex. Visitors will be able to…

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