Fantastic Worlds Latest Blog Posts

Eerie October happenings with Smithsonian Libraries

The month of October brings lots of some spooky good times for Smithsonian Libraries. Pumpkin carving patterns, the science of Frankenstein, a behind-the-scenes tour of rare anatomy books, and more!

Unearthing History: Mary Anning’s Hunt for Prehistoric Ocean Giants

This post was written by L.K. Ward and was originally published on the Oceans Portal blog on March 21st, 2016. You may not have realized it, but you’ve been acquainted with Mary Anning since you were young. “She sells sea shells by the sea shore.” Remember this grade school tongue-twister? What you probably didn’t know is that this nursery rhyme is based on a real person who not only sold seaside curiosities by the seashore, but became world renowned for her fossil discoveries. Portrait of Mary Anning, before 1842. Oil painting by unknown artist. Courtesy of The Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London.  

Sophie Blanchard: Pioneer Aeronaut

Upcoming events in March

Mark your calendars! The Smithsonian Libraries invites you join us for two free events in March related to our current exhibitions:   Fantastic Voyages of the Cinematic Imagination Georges Méliès Film Screening and Lecture by Matthew Solomon Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 at 5:30pm Warner Bros Theater National Museum of American History 12th St and Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC RSVP by clicking here

The Fantastic Worlds of Jules Verne

Portrait of Jules Verne illustrating some of his predictions

Dibner Lecture featuring Laura Otis – December 2nd

On Wednesday December 2, 2015, the Smithsonian Libraries will host its 22nd Annual Dibner Library Lecture featuring Laura Otis. 5:00pm, with reception to follow Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery 8th and G Streets NW, Washington, DC This event is free, please click here to reserve your tickets, or call 202.633.3054.

Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Allan Poe: Science in Fiction

Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe. Courtesy of The Museum of Edgar Allan Poe Richmond, Virginia.

#FantasticObjects Tweet Up with National Museum of American History!

Join us for a Tweet Up with the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Libraries! Friday, August 7, 9:00-10:30 A.M. (EDT). To celebrate the opening of the Innovation Wing in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, 10 lucky Twitter followers will have the opportunity to experience a special tour of two of the wing’s exhibits led by Smithsonian experts and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology.

Now Open: Fantastic Worlds

Leopoldo Galluzzo’s Altre scoverte fatte nella luna dal Sigr. Herschel, 1836. This post was written by Kirsten van der Veen, co-curator of “Fantastic Worlds.”

Fantastic Worlds: The Making Of

Fantastic Worlds Concept View Join Smithsonian Libraries on a journey to Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910 a new exhibition opening to the public July 1, 2015 in the Smithsonian Libraries Gallery in the newly renovated wing of the National Museum of American History. Click here for a preview.