Second Floor Exhibits

Second Floor

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Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation

  • Location: Second Floor Special Exhibits Gallery
  • February 27 - August 16, 2014
  • "Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation" is a groundbreaking exhibition exploring the vibrant heritage, daily experience, and diverse political, professional and cultural contributions of Indian Americans in shaping the United States. From workers who built some of the first railroads in the West to the creator of Hotmail, Beyond Bollywood explores the history of sub-continental Indian immigration to America. Told through captivating images, music, visual art, and first-person narratives, Beyond Bollywood documents a history of discrimination, resistance, achievements and the lasting influence Indian Americans have had on the American experience.
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Unintended Journeys

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  • February 7 - August 13, 2014
  • Images by Magnum Photos photographers examine the plight of environmental refugees, especially those displaced within the last decade due to natural disasters and global climate change. The exhibition reveals the challenges these people and communities face, as well as their continued resilience in the face of adversity.
Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

Genome: Unlocking Life's Code

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  • June 14, 2013 – September 1, 2014
  • Inside every living thing on Earth—including you—is the complete set of instructions needed for an organism to grow and function.  The instructions are written in the twisting, ladder-shaped molecule known as DNA packed into the nucleus of almost all your cells. Scientists have identified thousands of genes that contribute to disease and begun to unlock the secrets of cancer, opening the way to more personalized healthcare. They’ve traced our ancestors’ migrations across the world and begun to sequence and compare all the species on our planet.

Permanent

The Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals

The Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals

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  • View our unparalleled specimens of gems, minerals, rocks and meteorites.
Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution

Butterflies + Plants: Partners in Evolution

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  • Walk through a living butterfly house while learning about evolutionary processes and patterns.
Insect Zoo

The O. Orkin Insect Zoo

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  • Observe live insects and other arthropods.
Bones

Osteology: Hall of Bones

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  • See skeletons grouped by their evolutionary relationships.
Korea Gallery

Korea Gallery

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  • Discover Korea's distinctive culture through ceramics, paintings, textiles and sculptures.