Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World

"Beautiful Science" features hundreds of artifacts that tell the stories of the breakthroughs, discoveries, and people at the forefront of astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light.

This award-winning exhibition encouraged visitors to think about the beauty of science in a historical context—the elegant breakthroughs, the remarkable discoveries, and the amazing people and stories behind them. New materials from the collections were routinely rotated on and off display to minimize light exposure and share the variety of the collections with visitors. The exhibition is arranged around four areas of exploration:
astronomy, natural history, medicine, and light.


astronomy natural history
medicine light

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