The Bruce Museum closed to the public on Wednesday in order to install a new exhibition entitled In the Dark: Animal Survival Strategies. The exhibition will invite visitors to explore different environments of darkness and the life forms that inhabit them.
"It's going to cover swamp environments, forrest environments where nocturnal animals come out, as well as caves and underground environments," says Robin Garr, Director of Education at the Bruce Museum.
The exhibition, organized by the Cincinnati Museum Center and underwritten by The Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, will be an interactive experience entirely in the dark. Organizers hope that the visitors will better understand how animals adapt to living in the dark and can use this knowledge when exploring their own environments here in Connecticut.
"It has a strong environmental message about how these animals live and why we need them in our environment," says Garr. "Most of the animals you will find in our exhibition are animals you could find in Connecticut and in our local region, coyotes, bats, things that live in our habitat. I think you'll learn a little bit more about the animals to dispel the fear and also to understand their importance in the environment to our whole world and the planet."