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A skeleton and elephant viewed from the front. The background is of trees, shrubs, and rocks.

Tables of the Skeleton and Muscles of the Human Body

This collaborative effort between an anatomist and an artist revolutionized people’s understanding of the human body.

Color illustration of a plant with narrow palmate green leaves. Some of the leaves have holes in the center or rips near at the margin. The plant has a moth resting on a leaf and a moth flying near the stem. The plant has a larva resting on a stem and a cocoon attached to a stem.  A large black yellow and red larva rests on a leaf. A cocoon rests on the stem and on a swollen root. A moth flies near the plant. A snake coils around the plant.

Metamorphosis of the Insects of Suriname

Merian discovered and shared new scientific information about insects, changing the way Europeans thought about entomology and ecology

Printed illustration of a flea.

Micrographia

Discovering a Hidden Universe and Creating Science

Two illustrations of the moon showing a jagged line down the center. The top illustration has the line almost exactly in the middle and the bottom illustration has the line slightly to the left. To the left of the lines the moon is dark and to the right of the lines the moon is light.

Sidereus Nuncius

Galileo Galilei began a scientific revolution when he shared a new way of studying the universe in his book Siderius Nuncius.

A comet descends through the night sky toward earth. On earth, a house with a telescope stands next to a grouping of trees.

Trouvelot’s Astronomical Drawings

“He had an uncanny capacity to combine art and science in such a way as to make substantial contributions to both fields.” Krystle Satrum, Assistant Curator, Jay T. Last Collection

Drawing of a beaker, test tube, and plant within a circle

Experiment: Access to Light

Conduct an experiment to evaluate how access to light affects plants’ growth and survival.

Icon with a light bulb, star, and shapes above a pencil.

Be a Plant Detective

Can you solve the mystery and find the best home for these plants?

Drawing of a beaker, test tube, and plant within a circle

Experiment: Leaf Patches

What happens when leaves don’t have access to sunlight? Let’s do an experiment to find out!

Drawing of a beaker, test tube, and plant within a circle

Experiment: Access to Air

Conduct an experiment to evaluate how access to air affects plants’ growth and survival.

Drawing of a beaker, test tube, and plant within a circle

Experiment: Access to Soil

Conduct an experiment to evaluate how access to soil affects plants’ growth and survival.