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Upcoming Events

Past Exhibitions

Gifts from the Nile, 2019

Then and Now: Photography and the Printed Image, 2019

To the Moon: The Science of Apollo, 2019

Flying Machines: A History of Early Aviation, 2019

It’s Alive! Frankenstein at 200: The Science Behind the Story, 2018

Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters, 2017

Connecting the Dots: The Science of CSI, 2017

Ribbons Across the Land: Building the U.S. Interstate Highway System, 2016

Gas, Food, Lodging, 2016

Drawn from Nature: Art, Science, and the Invention of the Bird Field Guide, 2016

Comet Hunter: The Observation Logs of David H. Levy, 2015

Paleo Kansas City: Geology and Paleontology of the Great Plains Region, 2015

Ingenious Objects: Geometric Puzzles by Stewart Coffin, 2015

The Land Divided, The World United: Building the Panama Canal, 2014

Wheels, Pyramids and Spinning Tops: Color Science Throughout History, 2013

Crayon and Stone: Science Embraces the Lithograph, 1800-1899, 2013

On Time: The Quest for Precision, 2012

Blade and Bone: The Discovery of Human Antiquity, 2012

This Time It’s Personal: Innovation in Your Home, 2011

What’s the Big Idea? A History of Innovation, 2011

The Atomic Age: The Discovery and Evolution of Nuclear Science, 2010

Thinking Outside the Sphere: Views of the Stars from Aristotle to Herschel, 2010

The Grandeur of Life: A Celebration of Charles Darwin and the Origin of Species, 2009

Singular Beauty: Simple Microscopes from the Giordano Collection and Rare Books from the Linda Hall Library, 2009

Locomotion: Railroads in the Early Age of Steam, 2008

Ice: A Victorian Romance, 2008

Connections: Recent Acquisitions and Books from the Collection, 2008
The Year the Space Age Began: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Launch of Sputnik, 2007-2008
Out of This World, with Further Out: Recent Acquisitions of Celestial Atlases, 2007
Napoleon and the Scientific Expedition to Egypt, 2006
Women’s Work, 2005
Science Goes West, 2004
Vulcan’s Forge and Fingal’s Cave: Volcanoes, Basalt, and the Discovery of Geological Time, 2003
Centuries of Civil Engineering, 2002
Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679-1859, 2001
The Trees of Linda Hall Library: Grown on the Grounds and in Rare Books, 2001
Buffon’s Histoire Naturelle, 1998
In Situ, an exhibition of temporary art that engages the environment, 1998
A collaboration among the Kansas City Art Institute, the University of Missouri at Kansas City Gallery of Art, and the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology.
Picturing Plants, 1997
Virtual Nomad: Textiles and Technologies, 1997
By Kansas City Art Institute faculty.
Paper Dinosaurs, 1824-1969, 1996
Early Lathes and the Art of Ornamental Turning, 1996
Out of This World: The Golden Age of the Celestial Atlas, 1995
Art From Detritus, 1995
Art from recycled materials by various artists.
Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci, 1994
On loan from IBM
Landmarks of Chemistry, 1994
It’s About Time! Rare books on the history of clocks and clockmaking, 1993
Scientific Incunabula, 1993
Books that Darwin Read, 1993
Uniquely American: The discovery of America’s Plants and Animals, 1992
“To make a vain man humble”: Electricity in the Enlightenment, 1991
Milestones of Technology, 1991
A Bridgebuilder’s Bequest: An Exhibition of Books Purchased with the Howard Memorial Library Fund, 1991
The Face of the Moon: Galileo to Apollo, 1989
Scientific Journal: 40 Landmark Articles, 1989
Art of Natural History, 1988
Early Planetary Images, 1988
Patterns of Selection in Recent Acquisitions, 1988
Shoulders of Giants: An exhibit to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Newton’s Principia, 1987
Roots of Chemistry, 1986
Jesuit Science in the Age of Galileo, 1986
Dr. Halley’s Prediction: Books on Halley’s Comet and on Cometary Theory, 1985
Theories of the Earth, 1644-1830: The History of Genre, 1984
Shakespeare’s World: Scientific Books of the Renaissance, 1980
Three Centuries of Science and Scientist in America: A Bicentennial Exhibit, 1976
500 Years of Nicolaus Copernicus, 1473-1973, 1973
Source Materials in the History of Mathematics, 1482-1830, 1972
Source Materials in the History of Chemistry, 1540-1900, 1968
Highlights of Astronomy, 1966
Archimedes to Einstein, 1965
Historic Books and Papers in Geology, 1546-1905, 1965
One Hundred Herbals, 1472-1671, 1964
Milestones in the History of Science, 1956