Linda Hall Library
Science Engineering Technology

Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters

September 14, 2017 – February 23, 2018

Kansas City is prone to a wide range of natural disasters from tornadoes, heat waves, and drought to floods, ice storms, and earthquakes. The city is also in range of a once-active supervolcano that, if it erupts again, would dump ash on the metro. Visitors to Nature’s Fury will explore the science behind these natural disasters and how Kansas City has dealt with them. Other galleries of the exhibition include:

Engineering the Big Muddy

Since the 1940s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation have built dams, reservoirs, and levees along the Missouri River Basin. Known as the Pick-Sloan Plan, the projects have succeeded in controlling flood waters and providing irrigation for farmlands. The re-engineered river basin has also meant lost ancestral land for some Native American tribes and altered habitat for fish and bird species.

Are You Prepared?

Floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and extreme weather each require a different set of responses. Wall panels, videos, and an interactive quiz in the East Gallery will acquaint visitors with tips on how to prepare for and survive a variety of natural disasters.

This exhibition is made possible through funding from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Gridley Family Foundation.

Upcoming exhibitions:


It’s Alive!

Frankenstein at 200: The Science Behind the Story

Opening March 15, 2018

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was first published anonymously in January 1818. The novel has become a classic of literature, the inspiration for numerous theatrical productions, and a cautionary tale of science hubris that continues to resonate today.  On the 200th anniversary of the novel’s publication, this exhibition explores the scientific influences on Shelley while writing her masterpiece, as well as the novel’s legacy both in the lab and in popular culture.



Exhibition galleries and the William N. Deramus III Cosmology Theater are open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the Second Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to  2:00 p.m. Admission and parking are free for Library visitors. Advance registration is not required.

Saturday openings for 2017:

January 14 April 8 July 8  October 14
February 11 May 13 August 12 November 11
March 11 June 10 September 9 December 9

Reference, research, and circulation services are not available on Second Saturdays.</fontcolor=red>

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  • The Library will close at 2:00 pm on Wednesday November 22 and will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.