Category Archives: Academy of Natural Sciences

Please Touch, Look-But-Don’t-Touch, and Interactivity in Science Museums

A couple of weeks ago in a very public admittance of failure, Philadelphia’s Please Touch Museum filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Although anonymous donors rallied together $1.25 million in an effort to save the museum within just a few days, museum professionals—as well as Philadelphia families—are left questioning what it means to run a successful children’s science museum…and what it takes to keep doors open.

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Poe, Leidy, Morton, and Some Skeletons

Now that’s a picture:

Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Leidy, and Samuel George Morton at Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences

Photo from A Glorious Enterprise: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Making of American ScienceVia.

Also, did you know that “diddling” can be considered an exact science?  (This and other interesting tid-bits on Poe and early American science appear in Maurice Lee’s recent Uncertain Chances.)