Join us Thursday, May 18, at 7 pm PT for a free NightSchool livestream!

This NightSchool: Glass flowers, unlocked scientific collections, and powerful community science. In other words, it’s International Museum Day! Join us as we celebrate just some of the many ways that natural history museums bring humans together.

• Jennifer Brown: One of the Harvard Museum of Natural History’s most famous treasures is the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants — aka the incredible “Glass Flowers.” Collection Manager Jennifer Brown will take viewers inside the history of this unique collection.

• Ariel Hammond: Scientific data is often locked behind metaphorical, and literal, walls. Ariel Hammond, Director of Research Library & Archives at the San Diego Natural History Museum, will discuss four different ways that the SDNHM has been working to break down barriers of access to scientific data.

Photo: Glass model of Caesalpinia pulcherrima by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, 1895

The Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, Harvard University Herbaria / Harvard Museum of Natural History © President and Fellows of Harvard College

All NightSchool virtual programming is intended for audiences 21+.



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