Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Scientific Illustrations

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In this fascinating exhibit, jump into an illustrative journey through the ocean’s depths and explore amazing large-format reproductions of the ocean’s most intriguing residents throughout the museum. The world’s oceans include an astounding bounty of different forms of life. About 400 years ago, European explorers began mapping the world, and understanding of ocean life grew by leaps and bounds. By sketching specimens or working with artists and engravers, these explorers documented their discoveries in illustrated books showing images that convey the anatomy, life cycles, habits and sheer beauty of these newly discovered ocean species.

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