Patrick and Barbara Keenan Family Gallery of Hands-on Biodiversity | Level 2

Hands-on discovery for the young…and young at heart.

Mossy frogs, a touchable shark jaw, snake skin, a fox's den and more beckon in a hands-on gallery designed to connect visitors in a fun, family-friendly environment to the amazing variety and interdependence of plants and animals. Learn about invasive Asian carps that could threaten our native species and the health of our Great Lakes in the Carolinian Forest and Great Lakes Marsh displays. Touchable specimens, interactive displays, photo-ops, and trained facilitators invite you to actively explore hundreds of specimens that reflect the Museum's collections and research.

About the Gallery


The gallery introduces visitors of all ages to the complex relationships among all living things in a relaxed, interactive environment, while showcasing specimens representing the Museums Natural History collections and research.


Specimens within the gallery originate from locations all over the world.


Some specimens are hundreds of years old, and some are still living!