I have a few more posts to build up the big reveal on this topic, but I've mentioned it a few times before (here, here and here). Now that we're in the month of May, I'm excited to share more about the forthcoming Smithsonian Libraries exhibit, to be featured in NMNH's Evans Gallery (between the museum gift shops), all about the Smithsonian's legacy of studying whales. It opens 25 May 2013, and it will be free and open to the public during regular museum hours.
Here's the scoop: this exhibit traces the journey of how Smithsonian scientists study the largest and most enigmatic mammals on the planet: whales. It shows how cetacean bones and fossils make their way from discovery on a beach or in sea cliff, through the museum’s doors and into its vast collections, and finally to sharing new knowledge about the natural history of whales, past, present and future.
One of the most exciting parts of the exhibit will be the objects. We're showcasing field equipment, photos, illustrations, museum specimens, rare books and even 3D prints, all of which describe the long arc of whale natural history, and the Smithsonian's role in it, over the past 150 years.