Introduction

What is the role of crafted objects in the exchange of scientific knowledge? How might we describe the authority of scientific displays without obscuring their culturally-specific artistic origins? How can natural history museums make the histories of objects in their collection visible to viewers? Can digital infrastructures offer new solutions?

This website explores these questions within the specific context of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s Botany Hall while also considering the broader museum landscape. Furthermore, it positions the Hall as a focal point for interdisciplinary expert knowledge.