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Wonders of the Microscope

Wonder of the Microscope Broadside with Hooke's Flea image

On exhibit March 14 - August 17, 2012

Drawing upon the collection of Karen and Howard Schwartz, this exhibition explores the revolution in observational science facilitated by the invention of the microscope in the late 1600s. It will also emphasize the many ways in which the microscope entered popular culture over the following centuries as a source of instruction and entertainment for a broad public. Displays include rare books, engravings, broadsides, colored images, and a selection from the Schwartzes' collection of antique microscopes. 

Exhibition Catalog

A full color, fully illustrated catalog of this exhibition, with a preface by Dr. Eugene S. Flamm, is available at our online web store.

Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 PM: Exhibition Opening and Lecture

Friday, May 11, 4:00-6:30 PM
Gallery Hop

Gallery Hop begins at the Arthur Ross Gallery 
220 South 34th Street, in the Fisher Fine Arts Library

The Gallery Hop begins at the Arthur Ross Gallery and includes a stop at the Kamin Gallery, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, to view the exhibition Wonders of the Microscope. A curator will be at each exhibition site. The Hop concludes at the Institute for Contemporary Art with hors d'oeuvres and dessert. 

Exhibition Sponsors

The Harry Wallace Kamin and Dorothy McNally Kamin Fund
Carl Zeiss Meditec Company
University of Pennsylvania Libraries