This fall visitors to the Witte Museum will star in the newest edition of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation by playing the role of forensic scientists in CSI: The Experience, October 5, 2013 through January 26, 2014 in the Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery. Inspired by the hit CBS television series, the exhibition highlights the process of scientific inquiry and real investigation techniques used to solve crimes.
From DNA and firearms analysis to forensic anthropology and toxicology—science is vital to unraveling the mysteries of crime scene investigation—visitors are immersed in hands-on science in an exciting multi-media environment with dazzling special effects direct from the CSI TV series. Cast members from the series welcome visitors to CSI: The Experience from a large video monitor then lead them throughout the experience. Visitors, the new recruits, start the investigation in one of three crime scenes: a suburban living room, a hotel alley and a remote desert. Each scene creates a very different crime mystery, but the task at hand is the same: identify and gather evidence; analyze materials with the help of the latest scientific and technological advances; formulate hypotheses about the crime; and confirm and communicate the findings.
CSI: The Experience features two separate crime labs to explore the state-of-the-art technology used in evidence analysis. In order to trace vehicle tracks, clothing fibers and paint chips in the first lab, visitors collect data from mass spectrometry and microscope analysis to determine where matches occur and how they contribute to the larger hypothesis. Evaluate digital evidence provided by cell phones and other electronics, in addition to hard evidence such as fingerprints, blood patterns and ammunition casings. In a second laboratory space, visitors examine forensic art as they study age progression and attempt to match an image with a victim.
Finally, visitors head to “Grissom’s Office” and use the scientific information gathered to build a case by answering a series of multiple-choice questions on touch screens. Once the case summary is generated, compare your scientific findings to those of expert crime scene investigators.
The exhibit, developed by the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Bob Weis Design Island Associates, is under license by CBS Consumer Products, with support from the cast and crew of the television show and the National Science Foundation.
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CSI: The Experience at the Witte Museum is generously supported by Tesoro.
There is a surcharge of $8 for adults and $6 for members and children in addition to museum general admission for CSI: The Experience. For more information visit www.WitteMuseum.org, www.CSITheExperience.org or call 210.357.1910.