This new exhibit focuses on deep sea exploration and will be open until June 3rd. Cost: GA plus $4.
The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) invites you to take a deep dive into the mysterious world of deep-sea exploration and discovery this summer! Children of all ages will love exploring life at the bottom of the sea. With multiple interactives using modern technology, visitors will learn firsthand about the geologic forces deep within the earth and the magnificent engineering feats of Mother Nature as they explore our latest exhibition Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss presented by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss exhibition puts the technology necessary for deep-sea exploration in your hands so that you may develop a greater interest in scientific discovery or, at the very least, a better appreciation for the pursuit. You will join fellow explorers in an interior replica of the submersible Alvin’s
personnel sphere, which you can operate to simulate a dive to depths of up to three miles. You can fly a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) over a model of the Titanic’s deck or test your skill at manipulating Alvin’s robotic arm by picking up lava rocks and clams from the seafloor while peering through a re-creation of Alvin’s four-inch viewport window. It’s not as easy as it looks!
Geologic forces deep within the earth drive the great crustal plates of our planet, building seafloor features that create hydrothermal vents. Researchers study the process firsthand in WHOI’s submersible Alvin, or using other tools like the remotely operated vehicle JASON and autonomous underwater vehicles ABE and REMUS.
Extreme Deep brings the sea floor to the surface in an amazing display that illustrates the magnificent engineering feats of Mother Nature, such as the building of enormous “black smokers” that spew mineral-rich fluid into the ocean supporting life vastly different from that flourishing on land or shallow water.
Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss exhibition will be open from May 20 to September 4, 2017 in the Discovery Pavilion of IMAS. There is an additional $4 charge for this exhibit except for Family Premium Members or above. Be sure to mark the exhibition dates in your calendar. Ask us about our Museums for All program. For more information on Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss, please call (956) 682-0123 or visit www.theimasonline.org. IMAS is located at 1900 W. Nolana Avenue, McAllen, TX 78504.