Exhibition & More

10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The DNALC has displayed exhibitions since its inception, beginning with the Smithsonian Institution's The Search for Life, which ran from 1988 until 1992. Our first in-house exhibition, Story of a Gene (1995-2001), included a wall to ceiling mural of the interior of a cell and was a favorite stop for visiting middle-school classes. We have also developed smaller exhibitions about DNA fingerprinting, the Nobel Prize and the Lasker Award, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Barbara McClintock. The BioMedia Addition, completed in 2001, nearly doubled gallery size, just enough to mount our second major in-house exhibition, The Genes We Share.

The 104-seat Joan & Arthur M. Spiro Auditorium (a multimedia facility) contains audio and visual equipment for virtually any type of presentation. The first presentation developed for the auditorium, Long Island Discovery, opened in 1993 and continues to be shown today. Visitors can also see DNA: The Secret of Life about the discovery of the structure of DNA.

The Making of Ötzi the Iceman

The DNALC worked with the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology to make two 3D replicas of the Ötzi mummy; one is installed at the DNALC in Cold Spring Harbor and the other in the future DNALC in NYC. These will be the only authorized replicas of Ötzi outside of the South Tyrol Museum.

On upcoming Saturdays, we are excited to offer guided tours of the Ötzi the Iceman exhibition led by DNALC educators. Hear Ötzi's story and find out what we have learned about Neolithic times from studying his body, clothing, and equipment. Then, move into one of our laboratories to further explore details of this 5,300-year-old murder mystery! Visit our museum page for more information and to purchase tickets.

Art Exhibit: BOLD, the barcode of life

BOLDBOLD (named for the acronym for the Barcode of Life Data Systems), is an art exhibition on DNA barcoding displayed in the front and side halls of the DNALC. Seattle-based artist, Joseph Rossano, partnered with biologists to engage the public around the science of DNA barcoding and how it is being used to catalog the world's vast and threatened biodiversity.

The work is inspired by specimens barcoded by Daniel Janzen from the Area de Concervación Guanacaste (ACG) in Costa Rica and by researchers for the UC Berkeley Moorea Biocode Project being carried out at the Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station in Moorea. All of the pieces deliberately represent the specimens as fuzzy, obscured, or out of scale, making it difficult to identify the organism. However, on closer inspection the viewer discovers that each piece includes the DNA barcode sequence and a link to the BOLD database, where the species identity is revealed. This underscores the reality that identifying species with certainty requires more than taxonomic methods. Our educators have developed interpretive activities for visiting students, many of whom take part in a barcoding laboratory during their visit.

Neanderthal Skeleton

The Genes We Share Museum Exhibition

The exhibit galleries adjacent to the Ötzi exhibition are undergoing a facelift. We expect the space to be complete in the late spring.

Long Island Discovery Multimedia Presentation

Created by Cablevision, Long Island Discovery (LID) is a multimedia presentation on the history of Long Island shown in the DNALC auditorium.LID chronicles the colorful history of the people, places, and events that shaped Long Island's history: from the massive glaciers that etched its landscape and determined its geography, to the ever-evolving communities that indelibly mark their residents with the lessons of life. At the same time, Long Island Discovery speaks to the future - to the children who are learning to respect their rich, common heritage and preserve it for generations to come.

Call 516-367-5170 to schedule a group!

Conceived and presented by Cablevision as a means to enhance the education of school children studying local history, Long Island Discovery also captures the wide-eyed wonder in all of us. Adults and children alike will marvel at the exploits of Captain Kidd, cheer the ingenious Anna Strong, an American Revolutionary spy who used her wash line to send secret messages to the colonists; and contemplate the poetry of Jupiter Hammon, the first African-American to have his literary works published. Here, too, are Long Islanders known around the world and those who soared above it: Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th U.S. President; William Levitt, the architect of suburban living; Leroy Grumman, founder of the company that created the lunar module for NASA; Charles A. Lindbergh, whose historic solo flight across the Atlantic brought newfound fame to the region.

Long Island Discovery's multitude of sounds and images is accompanied by thought-provoking commentary from prominent Long Island historians, anthropologists, and lifelong residents. An explosion of local history like no other, Long Island Discovery celebrates all that is Long Island and all that Long Island is to you.

There is no charge to experience Long Island Discovery. While the presentation complements fourth-grade social studies curricula, students at any grade level and in any course of study are invited to visit Long Island Discovery. It is available to the general public and for group reservation. Long Island Discovery is shown at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

DNA: The Secret of Life

This 32-minute presentation combines stunning animations and visual effects to chronicle the story of James Watson and Francis Crick's discovery of the DNA structure. Their 1953 discovery changed biology and has far-reaching impacts and implications for science research and human health and genetics. DNA: The Secret of Life will be shown upon request to DNALC visitors.

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