Genetic Museum Exhibits, Art, Performances, and Gifts

Ferociousbeauty: Genome, DNA Dance, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange

DNA Helix at the Lawrence Hall of Science, part of the University of California, Berkeley

DNA Art, DNA 11, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), create personalized and original abstract art from a sample of your DNA or fingerprints

Gene Sculpture, "Portrait of a Young Reader" by Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, New York Public Library

DNA Art Forms

DNA Artistry

Genome Quilts by Beverly St. Clair

DNA wall art & pillows, scarfts, ties, DNA greeting cards, Fellman Studio and Gallery, Minneapolis, MN New 2007

GENOME: The Secret of How Life Works, 2003, traveling exhibit, sponsored by Pfizer Inc., produced by Clear Channel Exhibitions in collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research.

Interactive online activities including

  • What do dimples and height have to do with heredity? It's more than just a game of chance - take a spin on the Heredity Slots
  • Can you complete the DNA ladder to replicate a DNA strand? Challenge yourself and play the Gene Builder
  • How long do red blood cells live? What is an example of an inherited trait? What have you learned about the genome? Take the Genome Quiz
Compatible teaching materials / training through the Biotechnology Institute, Arlington, VA

American Museum of Natural History, New York City, The Genomic Revolution, 2001 (Our Genetic Identity, Our Genome, Choosing Our Genes, Changing Our Genes, Reshaping Our World, DNA Detectives, the Gene Scene, other resources)

Chicago Museum of Science and Industry
Genetics: Decoding Life, 2002 Explore the complex world of genetics and learn how some of the hottest issues in science affect each of our lives. Exhibit brings genetics to life, translates complex technologies and raises questions and issues about current and future uses of genetics. Sections on Human Genome, Mutations, Cloning, Genetic Engineering

DNA 50 Activities, Public Engagement Programme, 2003, Wellcome Trust, activities on science, medicine and society

  Disability History Museum (online only), Straight Ahead Pictures, Inc.

Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, Canada

One Race Exhibit, genetics and prejudices, 1996
Exhibit with crime scene with different clues - shoeprint patterns, fingerprints, and final clue, DNA fingerprinting from a blood spot

Exploratorium, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA 94123, Second Life

Diving Into the Gene Pool, exhibition exploring genetics and the Human Genome Project from a variety of perspectives, April 8 to September 4, 1995
The Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California
DNA: Life's Instruction Manual, interactive
Life's New Frontier, biotechnology, genetic advances including  DNA: Image Capture, Human Genome Project, Unique Traits, DNA Fingerprints, Forensic DNA, Simulated Genetic Testing Lab, the GeneChip, Genetic Testing, Bioengineering for Food and Drugs, Spiral of Life (16-foot DNA sculpture), DNA comparisons of humans and other living things
DeWitt Stetten Jr., Museum of Medical Research
Revolution in Progress: Human Genetics and Medical Research,
Museum Resource Group, curators from Washington, D.C. area museums
Holiday Lectures on Science exhibit, developed with Howard Hughes Medical Institute Holiday Lectures. Also Biointeractive online activities on genomics, evolution of the Y chromosome, gender testing of female athletes, and other ( biology mini-lessons are illustrated with interactive Web animation)

Take Two: Identical Twins in Focus - photographic exhibition, Wellcome Trust, identical twins, on display until Sept 24, 1999, review

Two10 Gallery hosts a series of innovative exhibitions on aspects of the relationship between medical science and art
210 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK, Tel: +44 (0)20 7611 8888, Fax: +44 (0)20 7611 8545, E-mail:

Redefining Beauty, Life Magazine, by Rick Guidotti, New York City fashion photographer, photos of teenagers with Albinism dressed and posed in high fashion, shown at art galleries.

POSITIVE EXPOSURE was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Washington, DC. June 9, 2001, part of The People's Genome Celebration: Exploring our Shared Inheritance, Rick Guidotti, 43 east 20th st., 6th floor, new york, ny 10003, phone: 212.420.1931, fax: 212.228.0592, e-mail: 

DNA Zone Gallery, St. Louis Science Center, biotechnology and genetics. Learn how each of us is uniquely different and explore biotechnology topics in the news. The mysteries of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), and science of genetics and biotechnology, are explained through exhibits that demystify and "unravel" genetics. Demonstration/puzzle area features live presentations by Science Center staff, special learning opportunities for school groups. Visitors create proteins by pushing the right sequence of large "piano keys" with their feet. Interactive videos explain how genetics is used in various occupations. Wall displays show how traits are passed on in plants and animals. The use of DNA testing to solve crimes and other legal issues is depicted through hands-on activities.

Museum Genetic Workshops for Teachers "Biotechnology: Tailoring Genes", April 10, 1999 "The Structure of Life: From DNA to Ecosystems" Saturday, October 9, 1999, St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110, (314) 289-4400 or (800) 456-SLSC

Franklin Institute Science Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Ethics of Genetics-Teacher Guide: A Health Resource for the Community Science Action Guide, including link to teaching ethics, ETHICS IN EDUCATION: Putting the "Who" Before the " How", J Kerata, 1992 Woodrow Wilson Biology Institute

Gifts for the DNA Enthusiast

  1. Discovery DNA Explorer Kit
  2. DNA 11 dnaPortraits (via Gearlog)
  3. ZOOB 500-Piece Basic Set, a construction kit based on DNA
  4. Discovery DNA Explorer Kit
  5. DNA Wooden Puzzle
  6. Human DNA Jewel Pendant
  7. Sterling Silver DNA Necklace and bracelet
  8. NOVICA DNA Necklace
  9. DNA Crystal Tumblechip Necklace and other products from DesigNA
  10. DNA by Bijan Eau De Parfum Spray
  11. Frankie B HER2 Genes Jeans
  12. Genetic Denim
  13. DNA T-shirts and Gifts from cafepress
  14. Genetics T-shirt from
  15. DNA Cartoons
  16. JMK Genealogy Gifts
  17. Gattaca (Superbit Collection)
  18. Books about DNA
  19. DNA Store, Colorado Springs, CO Added 2007

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