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Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear developed by the California Science Center was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grant ESI-0515470. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the National Science Foundation.

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Exhibit Photo Why do our hearts race, our knees shake, and our bodies sweat when we are scared? This exhibit explores this universal emotion that can save our lives. Through fun, interactive challenges, guests can experience fear in a safe environment and discover the science behind their physical and emotional responses.


Adults - $10
Children - $5
Seniors - $9
Museum Members &
Baylor University Students - Free
Includes admission to all museum events & exhibits

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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.

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Magic at the Mayborn

July 10, 2013
Join us for magic show that will give you goose bumps! Performances by Cody S. Fisher, Master Magician.

Show times:

  • 1:00 pm
  • 2:30 pm

Admission July 10, 2013 for all visitors 18 months and older is $5 and includes Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear, all events and activities. Museum members and Baylor University students receive free admission.

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