Six libraries selected to host traveling exhibition on human evolution from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

For Immediate Release
Mon, 01/30/2023


Hannah Arata

Communications Specialist

Public Programs Office

American Library Association

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA), in collaboration with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s (NMNH) Human Origins Program, is pleased to announce six public libraries selected to host the traveling exhibition Exploring Human Origins: Promoting a National Conversation on Human Evolution.

The six libraries will host the exhibit for a six-to nine-week loan period from December 2023 through July 2026. Selected through a competitive application process, the libraries will engage local audiences in a respectful and welcoming atmosphere to explore how, when and where human qualities emerged. The exhibit consists of panels, interactive kiosks, hands-on displays and videos.

The libraries will present programs by the NMNH Human Origins Program. View the list of selected sites.

The traveling exhibition is based on the exhibition that opened at the NMNH in 2010 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the museum. The goal of the exhibition is to encourage a public conversation that focuses on multiple perspectives on what it means to be human— one that welcomes the experiences of all people and fosters greater appreciation of the complexity of the science of human evolution.

Exploring Human Origins: Promoting a National Conversation on Human Evolution is administered by the ALA Public Programs Office. To stay informed about other ALA traveling exhibitions, grant opportunities, and professional development from the Public Programs Office, sign up for our newsletter.

About the American Library Association

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About the National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, located at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C., is one of the most visited natural history museums in the world. Opened in 1910, the museum houses the world’s largest collection of natural history specimens and artifacts. The museum is open daily (closed Dec. 25) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit the museum on its website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.