Dogs! A Science Tail

Dogs! A Science Tail

Opens March 16

A person holds a large, happy long-haired black dog in their lap. The dogs head rests cocked at an angle on the persons arm, with its mouth open in what looks like a wide, toothy smile.

They're cuddly. They're smart. We treat them like part of the family. From lovable companions to loyal protectors, dogs live and work alongside us. They can rescue us from peril, sniff out danger, or provide help to people in need. Through engaging and fun hands-on exhibits, explore the science behind the bond between humans and dogs. Find out how humans and dogs are both wired for social connection, which made it possible for dogs to nuzzle their way into human society and into our hearts. Discover dogs' amazing senses and grab the chance to see, hear, smell, and act like a dog. And don't miss the live demonstrations of work and rescue dogs in action! 

Please note: Service dogs that have been individually trained to work or perform tasks for a guest with a disability are welcome, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pets, comfort animals, emotional support animals, or therapy animals are not allowed, for the safety of the Science Center’s exhibit animals.

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Enhance your experience!

See Superpower Dogs 3D on our 7-story IMAX screen! Discover the inspiring true story of the world’s most extraordinary dogs and the remarkable science behind their life-saving superpowers. Make it a paw-some day!

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Exhibit highlights include:

  • An experienced rescue worker with a mustache wears a bright yellow fireproof suit, with a collection of black equipment bags strapped on his back and around his waist. He gently pats the neck of an alert, long-haired, brown-and-white dog.

    Demonstration Space

    See dogs' amazing abilities up close through demonstrations by community partners and their rescue dogs, service dogs, and companion dogs. Between demonstrations, romp on equipment in the dog park and learn about the importance of play for both humans and dogs. Learn more about the presenters.

  • This scene taken from an ancient Greek vase shows men and dogs cooperating to hunt a boar

    Tail as Old as Time

    Role-play as an archaeologist and dig up replica fossils to find out if they belong to wolves or dogs. Analyze bones and DNA patterns to see how scientists study dog domestication. And watch an engaging film that relates how dogs evolved from ancient wolves into the lovable and diverse array of canine companions we know today.

  • A peaceful-looking woman with her eyes closed in a smile lies happily on the floor, face to face with a fluffy white-and-tan puppy

    Dogs and Humans, Together Forever

    Interact with a playful virtual dog. Test your canine pop-culture knowledge in a Jeopardy! game show. Explore jobs for dogs—and jobs humans can do with dogs. Find out the science behind the human/dog bond and see how humans and dogs live and work together.

  • A black-and-brown short-haired dog chases after a tennis ball

    The Incredible Dog!

    Test your running pace against the top speeds of different dog breeds. Experience the world the way dogs do by sniffing out hidden smells. Get inside a dog's head to see and hear like a dog. Plus, find out how dogs think and communicate with each other—and with us!

  • A happy-looking man in a knit winter hat plays with a white dog in a thick red collar

    Caring for Dogs

    Explore the possibilities and responsibilities that come with bringing a dog into your life, and find out how to care for these furry family members. Brush and groom model dogs, and learn positive reinforcement training techniques for dogs—by training a human!

The exhibition is created and developed by the California Science Center with support from Annenberg Foundation and Wallis Annenberg PetSpace. PetSmart Charities is sponsoring the national tour.