About the Exhibit

At the California Science Center
July 4 - December 31, 2007

Admission to the exhibit is FREE! Click here to plan your visit.

Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear is a 6,000 square foot traveling exhibition developed by the California Science Center, which provides an experiential and holistic view of fear science, examining the physiological, neurobiological and sociological aspects of fear.

Engaging activities in Goose Bumps! allow visitors to experience fear in a safe and enjoyable environment, rate their response, understand the science behind the emotion and reflect upon its personal meaning.


Exhibit highlights include:

Fear Challenge Course

Get your heart pumping and your palms sweaty as you face some common fears, such as the Fear of Animals, the Fear of Electric Shock and the Fear of Falling.

Fear Lab

Meet Mr. Goose Bumps, a larger-than-life figure that uses playful animations to show how the brain and body work together to respond to danger. Interactive experiences help you delve deeper into the brain systems and pathways activated by fear, and graphic panels profile scientists doing cutting-edge emotion research.

Faces of Emotion

Explore the facial expressions of fear and other emotions and interact with an experimental software program that tries to analyze and identify your facial expressions.

Fear in the Wild

Play the "Freeze Game," an immersive interactive video installation, and learn how animals survive in their natural environments.

Fear Theater

Catch a live demo focusing on the process of fear conditioning, and learn how scientists measure the fear response in the lab. Then watch a brief documentary-style video about the interaction between our collective fears and entertainment, history and culture.

Coping with Fear

Explore the way fears change over a lifetime and learn how to help children deal with their fears.

Exhibit Tour Schedule

July 2007- December 2007
California Science Center
Los Angeles, California
February 2008 - April 2008
COSI Columbus
Columbus, Ohio
June 2008 - August 2008
October 2008 - December 2008
Museum of Science
Boston, Massachusetts
February 2009 - April 2009
Science Museum of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota
June 2009 - August 2009
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
Portland, Oregon
October 2009 - December 2009
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
Fort Worth, Texas
February 2010 - September 2010
Arizona Science Center
Phoenix, Arizona
Fall 2010
The Franklin Institute
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania