Making way for a new exhibit sometimes means having to say farewell to some old favorites.

Photo by Stacy Keck.

Photo by Stacy Keck.

In preparation of installing our next big exhibit, Living with Animals, which opens in March 2017, the Human Lab and Time Tunnel portions of the Footsteps Through Time exhibit will be closing permanently on Monday, November 14, 2016.

The rest of Footsteps Through Time, Hominid Hall, will still be open to visitors.

Since Footsteps Through Time first opened in 2002, our guests have delighted in visiting the futuristic Time Tunnel that traverses millions of years, chronicling 200 of the most significant human technological breakthroughs—like the creation of the first stone tools over 2,600,000 years ago, the first beer bottled in Europe in 1568, and the discovery of DNA in 1953, to name a few—before moving into the Human Lab where they’d explore human evolution including reproduction and how gene selection and cloning influence the future of human evolution.

These wonderful exhibits will be missed, but we think you’re going to love what’s coming next in those spaces!

Photo by Stacy Keck.

Photo by Stacy Keck.

Living with Animals will explore the dynamic and complex relationships humans have with the animals we encounter in our everyday lives—from our family pets curling up on the couch with us and birds signing in the trees outside, to the meat on our dinner plates and beetles scuttling across the ground near our feet. This brand new exhibit opens in March 2017.

We hope you’ll come see the Human Lab and Time Tunnel one last time before they close, and visit again when Living with Animals opens in March!

Check out the photos below of the Human Lab and Time Tunnel courtesy of Stacy Keck.