CSI TV Show is Focus of New OMSI Exhibit

New science exhibit is tied to the hit TV series and explores tools and technology behind crime scene investigation.

CSI TV Show is the Focus of New OMSI Exhibit // (c) 2009

CSI: The Experience is now showing at the
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

Perfect for the burgeoning forensic scientist, the new CSI: The Experience exhibit at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) features real investigative techniques, as demonstrated on the hit series. Here there's no gore, no bloodcurdling screams just solid forensics.

CSI: The Experienceis a completely immersive exhibit that invites visitors to enter "crime" scenes where they identify and record evidence. It takes them inside "laboratories" for scientific testing and to "autopsy" rooms for pathology analysis. Then it returns them to the "office" to build their case, based on the scientific evidence. The exhibit brings to life real scientific principles and the most advanced scientific techniques used today by crime scene investigators and forensic scientists.

From DNA and firearms analysis to forensic anthropology and toxicology, visitors will be immersed in hands-on science in an exciting multi-media environment with dazzling special effects direct from the CSI TV series.

After being briefed by members of the TV show's cast (via video), visitors will get to examine three simulated crime scenes, each with its own set of clues and quandaries. Next, they'll study the evidence they've collected, from fingerprints to paint flakes, in two labs outfitted with the latest crime-busting technology. Guests will try their hand at microscopic and digital analysis, use forensic art to identify victims even conduct a pseudo-autopsy. Will they be able to crack the case?

The exhibit and Web adventure were developed through an unusual partnership: the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History leading the Science Museum Exhibit Collaborative; CBS Consumer Products; and the National Science Foundation, which provided $2.4 million in funding for both the exhibit and a CSI "Web Adventure" targeted to underserved youth. It has the American Academy of Forensic Sciences' seal of approval and deep involvement. Rice University's Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning is creating the online experience, and Bob Weis Design Island Associates is leading the exhibit's design. The exhibit opened at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and is currently touring the nation. It will be at the Portland's Oregon Museum of Science and Industry through Sept. 13.