Opening August 20, 2016
This new, permanent exhibition revolves around the history—and the future—of citizen science, the idea upon which the Museum was founded in 1874. Exhibits included in this space will highlight naturalists—both past and present—and the impact their work and observations has had on science as we know it today. Rare books, art, photographs, and historical documents from our Research Library’s 56,000-volume collection will be displayed alongside plant and animal specimens and brought to life through touchable objects and multimedia experiences that allow deeper access to the works on display.
Guests will have the opportunity to experience the final show for acclaimed local photographer Abe Ordover. This major solo exhibition, which will be curated by Abe himself, will feature choice works he has taken over the last 20 years.
Shrimp that can break through glass? Spider webs stronger than steel? See why every living thing is a machine built to survive, move, and discover, and explore how these marvels of natural engineering inspire us.