A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature


Be aMAZED! Explore nature's puzzles, patterns and mazes.

Discover the incredible world of patterns in nature. They surround us everywhere, revealing fascinating and surprising clues about this amazing planet. You just have to know where to look for them. 

Come experience A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, our featured exhibition from June 30 to September 4 at Arizona Science Center. 

Mirror Maze at Arizona Science Center runs 6/30 through 9/4

10 Fun and Fascinating Things You'll Experience In This Outstanding New Exhibition

  • Survive one of Arizona's largest, most challenging Mirror Maze --1800 sq. ft. of infinitely repeating mirrors. Can you find the secret room and hidden surprises?
  • Learn how nature's spirals help hungry hawks find their unwitting prey.
  • Discover how the artist Leonardo daVinci drew the ideal human body -- using math.
  • Understand how symmetry makes some human faces more pleasing than others.
  • Find out what helped Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps swim faster than, well, everybody in the world.
  • How Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff was "hands down" one of the best pianists ever.
  • Compare the surprising common links between modern architecture and the 1500-year-old Greek Parthenon.
  • Uncover the technology that keeps robots from bumping into things.
  • Turn random musical notes into world-class symphonies.
  • Create a melodic, pattern-based piece of music. Anyone can do it, even if you're tone deaf. 

There's so much for you to see.

Start Your Adventure with Arizona's Most Spectacular Mirror Maze.

Imagine: a mirror maze of gigantic proportions that will keep you guessing and laughing as you try to find your way through a seemingly infinite repeating pattern of mirrors. It's your introduction to symmetry and tessellation (yes, that's a word!) that demonstrate how patterns and math are integral to our lives.

Navigate around twists and turns, past dead ends, up one pathway and down another. See if you can discover the small, secret room with bonus puzzles and artifacts. Not everyone will find this room -- can you? 

Search, laugh, and puzzle your way out of the maze. If you get lost, simply follow the squeals of delight as your fellow maze-travelers discover the not-so-obvious exits. You've never had so much fun in front of a mirror before, especially not 1800 sq.ft. of mirrors. 

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Discover patterns everywhere. 

Once you've survived the maze, step inside an immersive theater with a massively large screen. Through the numerous interactive displays, you'll come to appreciate how patterns and math are the building blocks of life.

Math was never so much fun. 

Watch colorful footage of nature, the human body, art and architecture. Suddenly you begin to understand the logical, predictable patterns in life, often hidden in plain sight, forming endless variations that are as similar as they are diverse. Learning was never so intriguing or eye-opening. 


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Where else can you measure your own wingspan, or view the blood vessels in your eyes? 

Create huge, computer-generated landscapes like those you've seen in Hollywood movies. Make a mountain out of a simple triangle. Grow a tree that develops new branches every time you twist a knob.

Play a multi-string harp with results that would make your grandmother beam with pride. Create a piece of music using symmetry, and listen to the applause as your masterpiece plays back to you.

Discover the amazing symmetry of the human face, and the beauty of your crooked smile (if that's what you have). Find out if your face conforms to Leonardo's Golden Ratio, and whether you should care or not.

Understand how swimmer Michael Phelps' non-conforming body ratio helped him become one of the most celebrated Olympian athletes of all time. Is your body ratio like Michael's? Let's find out!

Create amazing 3D models of simple pine cones, artichokes, tortoise shells and more. 

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Discover the surprising, though entirely natural patterns that have inspired architects thousands of years ago and still do today. The similarities between ancient and modern buildings will amaze you. 

For guests of all ages, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature is a unique opportunity to see the world in a new way by better understanding the patterns that surround us, from the intricately nested spirals of a sunflower seed to the not-so-random spots on a giraffe's fur. 

It's not just about nature. It's about life. 


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A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature is a production of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, generously supported by APS and located in the Sybil B. Harrington Galleries.
Mirror Maze sponsored by Arizona Public Service

Mark Your Calendar.

Exhibition runs June 30 through September 4. Tickets now available. 

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature promises to be a great summer activity in which you will discover things about our fascinating world you never knew or imagined.

A Mirror Maze: Numbers In Nature Pricing
$8.95 Adult and Children (3–17)
General Admission: Adults: $18  |  Children (3–17):  $13
General admission is required to visit the featured exhibition. 

Arizona Science Center Members 
$6.95 Adults and Children (3–17)
Arizona Science Center members receive FREE general admission to the Center's permanent exhibits. 

Groups of 15+
$6.00 Adults and Children (3–17)

 buy mirror maze tickets On the Tickets page, select the day you'd like to visit between June 30 and September 4.