In early summer 2016, a permanent exhibition about the history—and the future—of citizen science will open in a newly renovated space within the San Diego Natural History Museum. Extraordinary Ideas from Ordinary People: A History of Citizen Science, located in the new Eleanor and Jerome Navarra Library Special Collections Gallery, will highlight early naturalists and the impact their work and observations had on science as we know it today.
Rare books, works of art, photographs, maps, and historical documents from our Research Library will be displayed alongside plant and animal specimens and brought to life through multimedia, hands-on interactives, touchable models, and participatory experiences, proving you don't have to be a scientist to participate in science. An adjacent light and climate-controlled gallery, will feature original watercolor paintings by artist A.R. Valentien.
The transformation of the space will turn the Library entrance on the third-floor mezzanine—a once forbidding pair of closed security doors—into an enticing portal visible from everywhere in the Museum's four-story, sky-lit atrium.