Your chance to lay on a bed of nails

Newcastle Museum manager Julie Baird discusses Humanoids. Video by Jim Kellar

NEWCASTLE Museum has hit the parental sweet spot with its latest show, Humanoid Discovery.

Skin Deep: Newcastle Museum manager Julie Baird demonstrates one of the exhibits at the Humanoids show. Pictures: Jim Kellar

Skin Deep: Newcastle Museum manager Julie Baird demonstrates one of the exhibits at the Humanoids show. Pictures: Jim Kellar

The show, with 22 interactive exhibits developed by Scitech, allows family members young and old a chance to test their science knowledge, skills, and bravery.

“The whole idea is based around if an alien came down to earth and tried to work out what the human body did,” Newcastle Museum manager Julie Baird said.

Among the opportunities: visitors can lay on a bed of 2000 nails; peel back layers of skin on a giant model; find out how long their intestines are; measure their heart rate and generate combinations of food and drink to learn what gases they create.

The museum is hosting school visits which include the Circle exhibition that details Jeannie Baker’s picture book on the migratory path of bar-tailed godwits as well as the Humanoids show.

The Humanoid exhibition, which runs to January 30, is in the Supernova Gallery. Admission is $27 for families, $10 adults, $7 children. 

Pregnancy: Julie Baird with one of the interactive exhibits that educates visitors on amniocentesis.

Pregnancy: Julie Baird with one of the interactive exhibits that educates visitors on amniocentesis.

Bed of Nails: Julie Baird pulls the lever to a spine-tingling experience.

Bed of Nails: Julie Baird pulls the lever to a spine-tingling experience.

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