Current Exhibitions

Game Change

Elephants from Prey to Preservation
Once seen as objects of prey, elephants are today the focus of global conservation efforts. Rare books, photographs, manuscripts, artwork, and objects from our collections illustrate this change in attitude from the era of big game hunting to the modern day. Through February 1, 2020.

Magnificent Obsessions

Why We Collect
Book collectors' diverse interests and passions have shaped Smithsonian Libraries collections since its earliest days. Through rare books, manuscripts, and other intriguing items from across the varied Libraries of the Smithsonian Institution, explore the personal motivations and enduring impact of collectors who were compelled to share their "magnificent obsessions" with the nation. Through June 2020.