What makes you smarter than a chimp? What makes you smile? What makes you, you?

Who am I? invites you to explore the science of who you are through intriguing objects, provocative artworks and hands-on exhibits.

Discover what your voice sounds like as a member of the opposite sex, morph your face to see what you’ll look like as you age, or collect DNA to catch a criminal in our brand-new interactive exhibits.

Investigate some of the characteristics that make humans such a successful species, such as personality, intelligence and language.

Reflect on the big questions that new techniques in science are raising, and explore how your genetics and brain combine to create your unique identity.

Visit now to discover yourself!

Audio description: listen to an overview of the gallery and its themes. Click on the objects below to hear audio descriptions of them. 

large print gallery booklet is available in PDF format for this gallery.  

Find out more about brain science and genetics with our in-depth online content or play Thingdom the fabulous new game.

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Who am I? is supported by Principal Funder: Wellcome Trust, Major Sponsors: GlaxoSmithKline and Life Technologies Foundation.

On display

Electrotherapy machine

Can you spot a fake smile?

Stephen Wiltshire pen and ink drawing

Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes.

Memory box

Until science comes up with more treatments, aids such as this Memory Box can help people reconnect with their memories.

Revital Cohen artwork

Should you tell your family about diseases they could inherit from you?

Artificial vision system

It’s early days, but this bionic eye is restoring people’s vision.

Stanford-Binet intelligence test

This tempting toy-box hides a terrible secret.

Sailing chart of the Marshall Islands in Micronesia

On their trading voyages, Polynesian seafarers judged the distance they had travelled with charts.

90-channel prototype MRI helmet

You’d wear this helmet during an MRI scan to construct a picture of your brain from the magnetic behaviour of water molecules.

White peacock, 1999

A stuffed white peacock with fully fanned tail.