Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope

Exhibition Website

Apr 23 2016 - Mar 19 2017

Located in the Rakow Research Library, a brief 5-minute walk from the Courtyard Lobby.

Glass made it possible for scientists and artists to see tiny living creatures once invisible to the human eye. Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope tells the stories of scientists’ and artists’ exploration of the microscopic world between the 1600s and the late 1800s. Their discoveries fed people’s hunger to learn more about nature, increasing the popularity of microscopes and driving improvements in scientific glass. These advances culminated in the 19th century with the advent of modern scientific glassmaking and the perfection of the microscope. Unleash your sense of discovery as you explore the invisible through historic microscopes, rare books, and period illustrations.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.

  • International
  • History
  • Various artists

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