The Footsteps Through
Time exhibit is interactive and designed to be self-directed. Students
can touch skull casts, compare skeletons of living and non-living primates,
touch tools used by hominids millions of years ago, walk through a Cro-Magnon
cave, and much more. The Education Department is offering the following
ways to experience the exhibit:
Follow the Footsteps, Timestones, and Knowstones and guide yourself on
an interactive scientific journey through time. In Primate Hall, compare
your hands and feet to those of living non-human primates. View videos
of behaviors that the great apes share with humans. In Hominid Hall, open
drawers in the Footsteps Tool Chest and compare ancient stone tools to
modern ones used today. Touch fossil casts of "Lucy," a 3.5
million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis discovered by paleoanthropologist
Donald Johanson in 1974. Visit a Cro-Magnon cave and see reproductions
of cave art left by humans thousands of years ago. Finally, learn about
advances in biotechnology that may change the course of biological evolution.
Allow 60 minutes for the Self-Guided Tour.
The Guided Tour combines an interactive session led by a museum docent
with self-guided discovery time in the exhibit (see description above).
The docent will explore aspects of the exhibit in depth before you begin
your journey. For example, learn how natural selection may have favored
bipedal walking millions of years ago, or use fossil casts to compare
tooth variation among living primates and extinct hominids. Allow 60 minutes
for this program.
Self-Guided Tours are $2.50 per person when booked in advance. Guided
Tours are $3.00 per person. One chaperone per 7 students is required.
The teacher and chaperones receive free admission and are expected to
be active supervisors of their classes.
To register, use the
Form on this website, or call (619) 239-2001 to request a brochure.