Explore A New Temporary Exhibition Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body at the Washington Pavilion

January 17, 2019

Sioux Falls, SD – Sometimes it’s stinky, sometimes it’s crusty and sometimes it’s slimy. Discover why your body produces mushy, oozy, crusty, scaly and stinky gunk at Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, a temporary exhibition now open in the Kirby Science Discovery Center at the Washington Pavilion. 

Based on the best-selling book “Grossology,” this exhibition, sponsored by Avera, uses sophisticated animatronics and imaginative exhibits to tell you about runny noses, body odor and much more. Grossology will be displayed at Washington Pavilion until mid-May.

  • Take a “Tour du Nose” to explore 10 nasal features, including how your snoot acts as an air filter, a smell sensor and a mucus producer.
  • Play the pinball game “Gas Attack” by scoring off bumpers dressed up as food items that cause gas. 
  • Mimic the build-up of acid indigestion by causing the “Burp Machine” to release a giant belch. 
  • Explore the role of the kidney in a virtual reality experience in “Urine: The Game.” 
  • Take a ride on the GI slide, climb a large-scale replica of human skin and discover other mysterious ways your body’s biology does what it needs to do to keep you healthy.  

“Kids are really going to love these exhibits,” said Jason Folkerts, Washington Pavilion Director of Exhibitions and Collections. “They are so fun and funny, and the topics are going to have kids – and adults too – entertained while they learn the science behind our body functions.”

Grossology is a collaboration between Science World, Advanced Exhibits, and “Grossology” author Sylvia Branzei. As a teacher, writer, curriculum designer and microbiologist Branzei explains the concept of Grossology as a learning tool. “This is science in disguise,” she says. “If we teach students in their own words, they’ll understand better and actually learn something.”

Washington Pavilion members can visit the temporary exhibition for free. Daily admission rates apply for non-members.

For more information call the Box Office at 605-367-6000 or visit washingtonpavilion.org.

The Washington Pavilion is the region’s home for the arts, entertainment and science. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Sioux Falls, it is one of only a few facilities in the world to bring together under one roof the performing arts, visual arts and interactive science. The vast array of high quality programming and educational activities available through the Husby Performing Arts Center, Kirby Science Discovery Center, Visual Arts Center and the Community Learning Center ensures that people of all ages and walks of life can rely upon the Washington Pavilion to entertain, inspire, educate and enrich. There is, indeed, something for everyone here. For information about our programs, please call (605) 367-7397 or, (toll free) at 1-877-Wash Pav or visit our website at www.washingtonpavilion.org.