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Shedd Aquarium Penguins Head to MCA for Latest "Field Trip"

Viral Penguin Pair, Izzy and Darwin, Visit Newest Exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Art

September 16, 2020

Two penguins waddle along a wall that reads "Connect".

Two penguins from Shedd Aquarium continued their popular exploits with a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in downtown Chicago. Beyond providing variety and exercise for the penguins, the visit is meant to encourage Chicagoans to get out and visit both cultural institutions, which are open to the public.

Izzy and Darwin, a bonded pair of Magellanic penguins, spent their time at the MCA exploring The Commons before heading into the museum’s newest exhibit, Just Connect. The exhibit, open through Nov. 8, includes artworks from artists across generations, nationalities and media that explore the ways we all connect – something further scrutinized in the wake of COVID-19.

Guests are encouraged to make like the penguins and visit the MCA, which has altered operations to ensure a safe visit for guests. The public can also purchase tickets to visit the aquarium and all the penguins who have kept our spirits high during Shedd’s nearly four months of closure. Purchasing a ticket helps fuel the aquarium’s mission and offset the financial impacts of COVID-19. Guests can also explore several ways to make a contribution to benefit the aquarium’s research, conservation and animal care efforts.

VISUALS: Magellanic penguin pair, Izzy and Darwin, from the Shedd Aquarium stretch their wings and visit the newest exhibit installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art. This is the latest in a slew of “field trips” shared by the aquarium that demonstrates how the animal care team introduces exercise and variety for the penguins each day as part of a comprehensive welfare plan.

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Photo credit: ©Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez
Video credit: ©Shedd Aquarium