Space Colony Art from the 1970s

In the 1970s the Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University held a series of space colony summer studie…more

The Mechanism of Human Physiognomy

Plates from Guillaume-Benjamin Duchenne’s ‘Mécanisme de la Physionomie Humaine’, published by Jules Renouard, Paris, in 1862. By applying electrodes to male …more

Landscape and Marine Views of Norway

Selection of images from “Landscape and marine views of Norway” (ca.1890-1900), a set in the Library of Congress’ Photochrom Prints Collection (via Flickr Commons)….more

Huexotzinco Codex (1531)

The Huexotzinco Codex is an eight-sheet document on amatl, a pre- European paper made in Mesoamerica. It is part of the testimony in a legal case against representa…more

Art in Art

A collection from Wikimedia Commons of art that contains art….more

The Maps of Piri Reis

Piri Reis was a 16th century Ottoman Admiral famous for his maps and charts collected in his Kitab-ı Bahriye (Book of Navigation), a book which contains detailed i…more

The Spirit Photographs of William Hope

These photographs of ‘spirits’ are taken from an album of photographs unearthed in a Lancashire second-hand and antiquarian bookshop by one of the Museum’s curators…more

Operation Doorstep (1953)

Operation Doorstep was a Civil Defense test from 1953 in which blast and thermal effects were evaluated on mannequins, automobiles, and wooden frame houses….more