The human brain is one of the most complex structures in the universe. There’s so much we have yet to understand about it.

And yet, scientists are making huge strides in mapping the intricacies of this miraculous organ every day. Drawing on 21st-century research and technology, our newest special exhibition Brain: The Inside Story will give you key insights into the human brain using the most recent scientific developments in the field of neuroscience.


Brain Giant Neuron

Through imaginative art, vivid brain-scan imaging and dynamic interactive exhibits, Brain will give you a whole new perspective on your very own gray matter. Divided into seven sections, the exhibition invites you to walk through an installation that simulates the energetic activity of firing neurons, follow the brain of a Julliard student during an audition, put together visual puzzles, use your visual cortex to read Braille and examine the brain’s amazing ability to rewire itself in response to experience, disability, or trauma. Explore how neurons communicate and how the brain processes sensory information, emotions and behavior and get to answer many questions including: How does your brain grow and change over time? How do we study the brain? How does it work?

Highlights of the exhibition include:

  • Interactive brain teasers, puzzles and a build-a-brain exhibit.
  • A dramatic 6-foot-tall homunculus (an artificial humanoid) with abnormal proportions highlighting how much of the brain is devoted to the sense of touch in different parts of the body.
  • A three-pound preserved brain.
  • The “brain lounge,” an area where you can watch brain scans of a professional basketball shooting guard as he reacts to the whoosh of the net and the roar of the crowd.


Brain: The Inside Story is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with Codice.Idee per la Cultura, Torino, Italy, in association with Comune di Milano—Assessorato Cultura, Italy; the Guangdong Science Center, Guangzhou, China and Parque de las Ciencias, Granada, Spain.

Photos © AMNH

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Brain: The Inside Story – Level 1