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Grossology at the Buffalo Museum of Science

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Your body is disgusting. It can garner some horrific stenches, get slimy and crusty, and produce all sorts of nasty gunk. But we’d all be big fat liars if we claimed we weren’t intrigued by what we are so quick to label repulsive.

If you’re willing to make your curiosity of the human body’s less than glamorous features public, check out the Buffalo Science Museum’s exhibit Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body. The exhibit is open now and runs through September 3. It brings together more than 20 interactive displays and games that include impressive animatronics and elaborate setups.

If you’re too embarrassed to admit you’re curious to find out the physics behind farting, take your kids (or borrow someone else’s) to explore the body’s oozy and stinky functions, and play games like, “Urine: The Game” and “Gas Attack.” The exhibit is designed to put all the science into terms kids are not only more apt to grasp, but are genuinely interested in learning. Taking a walk through a gigantic nose brings new meaning to the term “nasal passage,” and certainly beats reading about the sinuses in a textbook.

Another one of the larger than life display is the skin climbing wall. The fiberglass replica of the human skin is riddled with pimples, warts, wounds, moles and hairs. Visitors are encouraged to discover the features of the epidermis as they adventure across the wall. Kids can even crawl through huge 3-D replica of the human digestive system – from the mouth to large intestine.

The entirety of this exhibit actualizes what I am certain became many 90’s kids’ fantasies after watching that The Magic School Bus episode where Ms. Frizzle takes the class inside Ralphie’s body. (Or, I could very well be the only one. But that TV show was totally the highlight of my elementary science academic experience.) Regardless, Grossology is a fun and interactive way to answer the questions adults are too embarrassed to ask, and kids are just dying to know.

The museum and the exhibit are open daily from 10am to 4pm, but hours are extended until 9pm on the last Fridays of every month (June 29, July 27, August 31).

Entry to “Grossology” is included with general museum admission ($9 Adults/$8 Seniors 62+/$7 Children 2-17, students and military with ID/Free for Museum Members and children under 2. 896-5200, www.sciencebuff.org)

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