It's gonna be a long summer. With social distancing and no swimming pools we'll be looking for some family activities.

This morning we chatted with Wendy Scardino from the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to chat about their new exhibit opening Saturday (6/13).

It's called "The Robot Zoo" and explores the biomechanics of complex, larger-than-life animal robots in their 5,000-square-foot exhibit. You can see eight robot animals and a dozen hands-on activities that will illustrate fascinating real-life animal characteristics.

The eight animals featured in the exhibit include a giant squid with 18-foot tentacles, a bat, a rhinoceros, a house fly with a 10-foot wingspread, a platypus, a grasshopper, a chameleon and a giraffe whose head and neck alone stretch 9 feet into the air.

It's so BIG, Wendy said they couldn't have featured "The Robot Zoo" without the help of MidWestOne Bank and the Telegraph Herald.

Admission is included with your regular ticket and the exhibit will be here into September.

Wendy also mentioned the 4/D theater would be opening back up this Saturday, too.

There are a lot of fun things happening this summer, so maybe think about investing that money from your season swim passes into family memberships to the museum this year. (Remember, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is not-for-profit, so your memberships help fund future exhibits and events.)

And it probably goes without saying, but the fine folks at the River Museum are keeping it very clean. They are featuring extra hand-sanitizing stations and social distancing. Guests are also welcome to wear their own masks.

For more information on memberships, exhibits and events, visit the RIVER MUSEUM WEBSITE.


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