January 5 - March 10, 2009

Take a walk into the deep deep forest, the year's first major exhibition at the Museum. The exhibition looks at the way trees have played a big part in forming human civilization, from ancient rolls of papyrus to tea tree oil. Explore how forests have been depicted throughout the history of art and literature.

Did you know…

*The crowns of the Redwood trees are one of the Earth's last unexplored ecosystems.

*Kelp Forests are the rainforests of the sea. They can grow down to about 30 - 45 meters depth and grow to the surface. They are considered as one of the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on Earth.

*The Virgin Komi Forests in the Northern Ural mountains is the largest virgin forest in Europe

*Old-growth forests store large amounts of carbon. When forests are cut, the wood, soil humus and peat all decay, releasing carbon dioxide or methane.

*Fossils show that the world's first forest existed during the Devonian era, 385 million years ago.

*Walking on an uneven surface like a hiking trail burns more calories than walking on pavement. If you have a choice of city or forest, then you should choose the forest. It is better for you!

*Each year, approximately 100 million Christmas trees are produced in the Western world.

*Paper consumption has increased six-fold over the past 50 years.

Last but not least, do not miss the chance to take a literal walk into the giant forest in the great exhibition hall. The Museum has borrowed a tree from every single forest of the world and carefully planted them inside the giant space. When the exhibition is over, all the trees will be returned to their home forests.