Various scenes send visitors to Nature of Things on an interactive journey through the material world. Like the cast of MythBusters, guests become alchemists as they see what happens when they apply force to materials and set things alight. Touching a real object triggers video content in a full-screen immersive theatre. An introduction to the tangible world leads to an exploration of invisible materials – the way light, for instance, transforms our perception of what we see. After witnessing an exhibit of organisms that demonstrates the unbelievable evolution of life forms over the centuries, visitors can remodel themselves in digital-avatar form. They can dance as a stone man, see themselves as a glass statue and witness what would happen if their arms were made of elastic.
Stepping into World View is akin to entering an artist’s atelier or an engineer’s workshop – a Wunderkammer filled with the stories of famous explorers who instigated new ways of thinking about the planet. Between various artefacts – paintings, sculptures, mathematical formulas and scientific findings – are stations for self-discovery. A large yellow snake-like structure winds its way through the gallery, functioning as a playground and a place to sit down, relax and read a book.