Discovery and Revelation

Religion, Science, and Making Sense of Things

This website is based on an exhibition that was on view at the National Museum of American History from March 2022 to April 2023.

When you have big questions, where do you look for answers? Religion? Science? Both? The same has been true of every generation.


Left to right: Earthrise, 1968 (Courtesy of National Aeronautics and Space Administration); Henrietta Lacks (HeLa): The Mother of Modern Medicine by Kadir Nelson (Loan from Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture; gift from Kadir Nelson and JKBN Group, LLC); and Dru-gu Choegyal Rinpoche, a Buddhist teacher, wearing sensors that measure brain activity, 2003 (©Cary Wolinsky 2003)