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A rehearsal of “Thriller” by UNO’s The Moving Company, part of the “Goose Bumps” exhibit at the Durham Museum. The troupe will perform to the iconic Michael Jackson song Saturday at 11 a.m. at the museum.(Josie Metal-Corbin)


Have fun with your fears at Durham Museum's ‘Goose Bumps!’ exhibit
By Michael O’Connor / World-Herald staff writer


You can soon get your thrill on at the Durham Museum.

A new exhibit, “Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear,” opens Saturday and runs through Jan. 5. It’s a hands-on, interactive exhibit that lets kids and adults experience fear and discover the science behind it.

“This is a fun way to face your fears in a safe environment designed to help you learn,” said Patty O’Bryan, spokeswoman for the Durham.

The exhibit includes interactive stations, such as one that allows people to experience the fear of falling. You stand with your back against a tall board that looks like a table, and a strap is placed across your chest to secure you. Then the board suddenly tilts backward, and your “fall” is recorded on video. Participants can then watch the video and see the expression on their faces.

At another station, you can experience a mild and harmless electrical shock, and watch your reaction on video.

At one of the displays, you can push buttons and learn how the body and the brain work together in response to fear. Kids and parents also can learn tips for coping with fears and overcoming them.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, visitors will get to watch a local dance group perform to Michael Jackson’s song “Thriller.” The dancers, from The Moving Company at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, will be wearing vintage train passenger costumes and family-friendly zombie makeup.

You can learn some of the “Thriller” dance moves from the UNO group at 2 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 27 at the museum.

The lessons, the dance performance and the exhibit on fear are all included in the museum’s general admission.


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