Life in One Cubic Foot

Explore Life in One Cubic Foot, an enriching and visually stunning exhibition focused on the biodiversity that can be found in one cubic foot, including initial research from Smithsonian scientists, additional research from Holden Arboretum scientists, and photography from David Liittschwager.

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Saturday, January 27th through Sunday, April 21st, 2024

The Smithsonian’s, Life in One Cubic Foot, exhibition arrives at the Cleveland Botanical Garden this January, providing an enriching and visually stunning perspective on biodiversity. The temporary exhibition follows the initial research from Smithsonian scientists, additional research from Holden Arboretum scientists, and photography from David Liittschwager, as they discover what a cubic foot of land or water—a biocube—reveals about the diversity of life on the planet. The exhibition will feature photos and research exploring local biocubes, conducted by staff at the Holden Arboretum in Kirtland, Ohio.

Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
Monday: Closed*

The Cleveland Botanical Garden will be open on Monday, February 19th, President’s Day, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission

Nonmember Adult: $20
Nonmember Child: $14
Children under 2: Free
Members: Free

Save $1 per ticket by purchasing online in advance.

What is a biocube?

A biocube—the tool at the heart of the exhibition—is a 1-by-1-by-1-foot framed cube that organisms from the surrounding environment can enter and pass through. Biocubes featured in the exhibition were placed in environments across the globe to learn what forms of life, both known and unknown, could be found in the cube during a 24-hour period. In addition to exploring life through the exhibition, visitors are also invited to participate in citizen science and uncover the biodiversity in their backyard by creating and monitoring their own biocube. 

Visitors can explore the National Museum of Natural History’s website to watch a video about biocubes and learn how to build, deploy and study their own biocube. They may also share their findings with the greater scientific community. 

Gallery Talks with Holden Scientists

Saturday, February 10th, 10:30-11 a.m.
Friday, February 23rd, 10:30-11 a.m.

Join us in the Life in One Cubic Foot exhibit to meet and talk with our scientists about their work with spring wildflowers and mycorrhizal fungi and how it serves our Northeast Ohio community. Researchers from our Holden Forests & Gardens’ Long Center for Plant and Environmental Science in Kirtland will provide a brief overview of their research focus areas, guide visitors through the Smithsonian’s Life in One Cubic Foot exhibit, and host a short Q&A. All ages welcome. No reservations required.

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