Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze

Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze
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Introducing Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze, the Museum of Science and Industry’s newest permanent exhibit.

Patterns are everywhere … if you know where to look!

From the delicate nested spirals of a sunflower’s seeds, to the ridges of a majestic mountain range, to the layout of the universe, mathematical patterns abound in the natural world. Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze is a new permanent exhibit that will expose and explain the patterns that surround us.
As you enter Numbers in Nature, lenticular images and an immersive large-format film reveal these repeating patterns hidden throughout nature: spirals, occurrences of the “golden ratio” (ɸ), Voronoi patterns, and fractal branching.

The exhibit’s centerpiece is the 1,800-square-foot mirror maze, where you’ll find yourself in a sea of equilateral triangle chambers that repeat in a dizzying array of mirrors. Can you navigate the maze to find the secrets within?

Complete your journey through Numbers in Nature in a gallery of interactive digital displays and stations, where you can discover even more patterns and ratios in nature—including those found in your own body and in centuries of music, art and architecture. You’ll never look at the world the same way again.

This exhibit is suitable for all ages. Tickets for this exhibit are included with museum entry and requires free, timed-entry ticket (available onsite).

The exhibit is open daily from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm.

For more information, visit

Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

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