Witte exhibit ‘CSI: The Experience’ cracks the case


Do you think you can crack the case? If you have ever wanted to become a forensic scientist like the actors play on TV or gain some hands-on experience in the forensic field, then here is your chance.

Witte Museum visitors can play the role of a forensic scientist and participate in “CSI: The Experience.” Inspired by the hit TV crime drama series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” this interactive forensic science exhibit challenges visitors to practice investigational techniques and use science to solve hypothetical crimes. The exhibit is ongoing and will continue through January 26, 2014 in the Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery.

Visitors start the investigation in one of three crime scenes: a suburban living room, a hotel alleyway, or a remote desert. The visitors, playing forensic scientists, identify and gather evidence, analyze materials with the help of the latest scientific and technological advances, formulate a hypothesis and confirm their findings.

The second step in the three-step process features two separate crime labs. Here, patrons evaluate evidence such as blood and fingerprints to determine if any matches occur. In the second laboratory, the forensic scientists study age progression and attempt to match an image with a victim.

In the third and final step, scientists head to Grissom’s Office (the autopsy room) and build their case by answering a series of multiple-choice questions using touch screen computers. Scientists can compare their scientific findings to those of the expert crime scene investigators. After the case has been solved, visitors are encouraged to interact with the cast members of the television show and expert crime scene investigators.

The Witte Museum is located on 3801 Broadway. The hours for the CSI: The Experience are Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday’s from 10:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5:00p.m.

Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for members and children ages four through 11 and free for children ages three and under.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.WitteMuseum.org.

For more information visit WitteMuseum.org, www.CSITheExperience.org or call 210.337.1910.