Marian Koshland Science Museum
Did you know DNA samples can be found on your cell phone? Ever wondered how forensic scientists help solve crime mysteries?
Find out at the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academies of Sciences. Named for an important figure in molecular biology and immunology, Marian Koshland was known for her groundbreaking research on antibodies.
Built to appeal to the 13 and older set, the audience is treated to keen views, much like what scientists might see on their computers or beneath microscopes. Flat-screen TVs offer an interactive look at the wonders of science: grab hold of the joystick and experience the lights around the world, DNA replication and cosmic expansion. How close to home is global warming? Chart the change in years yourself with a sliding plasma screen. In another exhibit, the Chesapeake Bay-area lights up with the push of a button, though conclusions about flooding are yours to draw.
Peer into the museum’s sealed biosphere. Everything inside is alive, and totally self-sustained, from the 2,000 tiny shrimp (they’ll never get any bigger) to the algae they feast on. Wondering what Einstein and mice have in common? There’s an enormous unzipped strand of DNA to clue you in: that and 92 percent of your own genes resemble a mouse's. Think you can spot the one mutated gene? Take the challenge; there’s only one.
The museum, located on the corner of 6th and E streets, NW, will be open every day but Tuesday and all major holidays. Hours are 10 am-6 pm, and the last ticket will be sold at 5 pm. Ticket prices are $5, general admission, and $3 for students, military and senior citizens with ID. For more information, visit the museum’s website
or call (202) 334-1201.
Photographs courtesy of the Marian Koshland Science Museum