A new, permanent installation of artifacts from the History of Astronomy Collection intended to afford wide access to the scientific and cultural contexts of the artifacts. This interactive, hands-on exhibition explores the lives and knowledge of European and Islamic astronomers of the Middle Ages. Interpretive elements include evocative tableaux placing artifacts in historical settings; participatory stations offering the visitor an opportunity to use replica instruments; study bays affording in depth treatment of persons or concepts of special historical interest; video programs demonstrating and explaining the functions of certain instruments; primary-source graphics; and label copy. Planning and implementation was supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Chief curator for the project, 1984-1990.