In his post “A day at the museum” at Why Evolution is True, Greg Mayer surveys the National Museum of Natural History, and notes that in September two new temporary exhibits related to Darwin open. From the Smithsonian website for NMNH:
Location: Ground Floor, Constitution Avenue Lobby Cases, Exhibit: September 10, 2009 – September 12, 2010
November 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the 1859 publication of Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking On the Origin of Species. His theory of evolution by natural selection grew out of his work as a naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle on a five year journey around South America and the Galápagos Islands. Darwin’s theory soon found supporters at the Smithsonian, including Joseph Henry, the first Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and it continues to guide research at the National Museum of Natural History.
Since Darwin: The Evolution of Evolution
Location: First Floor, Exhibit: September 12, 2009 – July 18, 2010
Celebrate with us the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his groundbreaking On the Origin of Species. This exhibition focuses on the significant role that Darwin’s theories have played in explaining and unifying all the biological sciences. Specimens from the Museum’s diverse collections, along with documentation from our ongoing research, illustrate the importance of evolution as a scientific foundation, and how our knowledge of evolution has evolved over the last 150 years.