Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910

July 1, 2015 - October 2016

Fascinating exhibit at the Smithsonian Libraries Gallery in the American History Museum,  Washington, DC.  Detailed online exhibit at the source link below.

Travel with us to the surface of the moon, the center of the earth, and the depths of the ocean—to the fantastic worlds of fiction inspired by 19th-century discovery and invention.  This exhibition explores the intersecting influences of science, innovation, industry, and the Victorian creative imagination through books from the Smithsonian Libraries and selected historical objects from Smithsonian museums.

Leonid meteor shower over Niagara Falls
Illustration from Edmund Weiss, Bilder-Atlas der Sternenwelt
[Image atlas of the star world], Stuttgart, 1892