Wolf to Woof: The Story of Dogs

January 30, 2016–May 15, 2016 Springfield Science Museum » Second Floor » Changing Exhibits Gallery

In today’s society, dogs enhance the lives of millions of people in countless ways, but they are also some of our oldest friends. Ancient clues like cave paintings and burials reveal that dogs and people have lived together for thousands of years. But why have humans formed such close relationships with dogs, and not cows or chickens?

Our Wolf to Woof exhibit–the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever created–attempts to “sniff out” the facts on dogs and explores what makes the human/dog relationship so unique. It uses the familiarity and love of these four-legged friends to explore science and biological concepts.The exhibit has four themed sections including multi-media displays, artifacts, photo murals, and dioramas of taxidermied wild canines and sculpted modern dog breeds.  Additionally interactive, hands-on components demonstrate key exhibit concepts. For example, visitors can enter a “howling area” and guess what dogs are saying, test their nose against a dog’s great sense of smell, and examine fossil and genetic evidence of how modern day dogs are descended from wolves.

This exhibition is intended for visitors ages 6 and up.

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Exhibit Fee

$5 special exhibition fee for all visitors ages 3 and up in addition to museum admission.


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