View of the Discovery and Revelation gallery

Discovery and Revelation

Religion, Science, and Making Sense of Things

Closed April 30, 2023

Though often overlooked, one of the most significant factors in the development of spiritual traditions in the United States has been the interaction of religious ideas and communities with the scientific and technological advances that have shaped every generation. 

Discovery and Revelation explores the dynamic interplay of religion, science, and technology in American history, as seen through three centuries of mutual influence, from the Puritans to the digital age.

Religious and scientific ideas have challenged and changed each other in surprising ways throughout our history; exploring their intersection provides a view of Americans as a spiritually seeking, scientifically experimenting, and endlessly curious people.

Monk wearing a neural net
Dru-gu Choegyal Rinpoche, a Buddhist teacher, wearing sensors that measure brain activity, 2003 
┬ęCary Wolinsky 2003  


Runaway Robot: An interactive choose-your-own adventure game

Runaway Robot is an exciting new cross-curricular digital game for secondary classrooms. Developed in association with the Discovery and Revelation exhibition, this interactive game provides a fresh way of looking at histories of science and religion, while engaging students' curiosity, individual identities and experiences, and ideas about the world.

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Home screen of Runaway Robot

This exhibition is generously made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc., the John Templeton Foundation, the Foundation for Religious Literacy and H. Bruce McEver, and Ambassador Nicholas F. Taubman and Mrs. Eugenia L. Taubman.