Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction 1780-1910

Fantastic Worlds

Fantastic Worlds is the first exhibition to debut in the newly renovated Smithsonian Libraries Exhibition Gallery. Visitors will learn about this fascinating period in history through works ranging from newspaper hoaxes, works of popular science, novels, and more that exposed an eager and curious public to new ideas. The exhibit serves as a tour of imaginative tales and the scientific discoveries that inspired them when the science fiction genre was just beginning to come into its own. Top hat and goggles are not required to take this trip to a world revolutionized by technology, populated with inspired minds (perhaps even a few mad scientists), and transformed by discovery.