October 1 – December 31, 2022

Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost

Have you ever seen a mammoth tooth up close? What does the Ice Age smell like? 

Step into the shoes of climate science researchers, piece together clues, and solve engineering challenges posed by thawing permafrost in Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost. This interactive exhibit weaves together authentic narratives from people whose lives have been impacted by the changing global climate, highlighting the resiliency and ingenuity of everyday communities. 

Incorporating the sights and smells of the Western Hemisphere’s only permafrost research tunnel and Ice Age fossils, Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost is an immersive exhibit experience for all ages.

Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost was produced and is toured by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibit was developed in collaboration with the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant.