at the National Constitution Center, opened in 2012 and currently on a 10 venue national tour
American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is the first comprehensive exhibition about America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this exhibition brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life.
“[With] its 120 artifacts, gallery stage sets, videos, games and diversions, it doesn’t just round up the usual suspects…The exhibition touches on important themes in its narrative, but there is almost nothing dry about it, except that in the mock speakeasy at its center, the bottles are empty and nothing is served.”
—The New York Times
at the National Constitution Center, opened September 2010
Created in conjunction with the U.S. Army Center of Military History and the National Museum of the United States Army, Art of the American Soldier unveiled powerful works of art created by American soldiers in the line of duty. Drawn from the Army's rarely seen collection of more than 15,000 paintings and sketches, this world-debut exhibition showcased the artistic response of soldiers from World War I through the present day.
This permanent exhibit features archeological artifacts from the late 1700s that were uncovered at the site of the National Constitution Center, only two blocks from Independence Hall. Once items of everyday use, these historic treasures now illuminate daily life in Philadelphia as a new nation was being born.
In 2008, the Center initiated a range of international civic engagement projects, including one that connected students in Kabul and Philadelphia. Through the Being “We the People": Afghanistan, America, and the Minority Imprint project, staff from the Center taught students in both cities photography and film, and then had them captured the sights and sounds of freedom, religious expression, protest, and other civic themes in their lives. The students came together to curate the exhibition, which opened simultaneously in Kabul and Philadelphia, enabling visitors in each country to join a dialogue started by the students.
at the American Museum of Natural History, opened June 2003
This was a renovation of a beloved and historic public space. One challenge was integrating new themes, displays, and technology without diminishing its previous appeal. The central icon of a full size blue whale remains the centerpiece of this 29,000 sq ft hall, but ripple lighting and aquatic soundscape now suggest a vast, underwater space. High-definition video projections, touchable models, and interactive computer stations blend in with the classic dioramas, and eight new ecosystem displays with a ficus on biodiversity and conservation.
at the American Museum of Natural History, November 2005
This was the most in-depth exhibition on the highly original thinker, botanist, geologist, and naturalist, Charles Darwin, whose theory forever changed the perception of the origin and nature of our own species and launched modern biological science. The exhibition contained original manuscripts, personal letters to and from family members and important scientists, and live animals.
at the American Museum of Natural History, October 2003–July 2004
This exhibition on the ancient city of Petra showcases the technological and artistic virtuosity that enables the Nabateans to build a thriving metropolis in an unforgiving geographical setting. It featured approximately 200 artifacts, including stone sculptures and reliefs, ceramics, metalwork, stucco work, ancient inscriptions and a selection of more than two dozen 19th-century paintings, drawings, and prints.
rolled out May 2002
The Discovering The Universe Moveable Museum is a mobile exhibition that brings astronomy and astrophysics down to Earth. Instructors drive the Winnebago RV to schools and community groups in New York City's five boroughs as part of the American Museum's educational outreach program. An engaging journey that takes students through the steps of how we know what we know about the universe.
at the National Constitution Center, opened 2016
Once every four years, the entire nation has the opportunity to get involved in a single act of citizenship, and then our newly elected president stands before us to declare this powerful oath. This exhibition provides the opportunity to connect with the excitement, pageantry, and importance of presidential elections.
Through role-playing opportunities and use multimedia and interactive experiences, visitors learn about the electoral process, the issues and candidates in the 2008 race, and the fascinating history of presidential elections.
at the American Museum of Natural History, May 2005
Our understanding of dinosaur biology in constantly evolving. This exhibition highlighted the cutting-edge research and technology used by paleontologists for an in-depth look at how these developments have helped scientists better understand dinosaur behavioral and physical characteristics and the puzzling mystery of their extinction.
at the American Museum of Natural History, opened November 2005
This exhibition on Albert Einstein was the most comprehensive show ever mounted on the life and science of the most famous scientist of the 20th century. The exhibition team as fortunate to have unprecendented access to documents from Einstein's literary estate, now held in an overseas archive. Many of the papers had never been on display before.
With a never-before-seen collection of more than 300 artifacts from Italy and the United States, including marble sculptures, paintings, jewelry, coins, and ceramics, this exhibition drew striking comparisons between Roman and American culture, from theories of government to slavery and civil war, to continental expansion and worldwide influence.
A refresh of one of the museum’s most popular and iconic attractions, Signers’ Hall invites visitors to walk among the Founding Fathers who added their name to the Constitution—as well as those who dissented—on September 17, 1787.
at the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas, 2004
This exhibition traces the Chinese restaurant's origin and growth in America—from the earliest "chow chow"restaurants of the West in the mid 1800s through take-out culture of today.
One of AMNH's foray into live animal wrangling. The exhibition had 26 species represented, including the very popular Gila Monster, Eastern Water Dragon, Green Basilisk, Veiled Chameleon, Blue-tongued Skink, and a fourteen-foot Burmese Python. In addition to the live animals, the exhibit used interactive stations, significant fossils, and dynamic graphics to introduce the public to the squishy world of the Squamata.