New Creatures of Light exhibit illuminates Field Museum

Do the kids question the magic of fireflies every summer? This exhibit will provide you with the answers.

By Liz DeCarlo

Senior Editor

What kid doesn't love watching fireflies on a warm summer night? But when it comes to their questions about why the fireflies light up, most parents would be hard-pressed to come up with an answer.

That's where a trip to the new exhibit at The Field Museum can help. "Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence" delves into the mystery of glowing creatures, from glowworms in caves to deep-sea fish that illuminate the dark ocean floor.

Leo Smith, lead curator of the exhibit, says this interactive exhibit will appeal to even the youngest of kids. "You walk into the fireflies and ... they see these things light up. There's an iPad app where you can try to mimic the flashing patterns."

The exhibit continues with glowworms dangling from the ceiling to real fish lighting up their tanks. Creatures of Light runs March 7-Sept. 8. For more information, visit


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