Light! The Industrial Age 1750-1900, Art & Science, Technology & Society focuses on the era when discoveries about natural and artificial light transformed art as well as everyday life. By experiencing masterpieces of art, rare scientific instruments, and interactive demonstrations, visitors can discover the revolutions in light that were as earth shaking to our ancestors as the digital revolution is to us today.
Light! brings together more than 300 scientific and historic objects, as well as the works of major painters and other artist of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries for the first time- many have never been exhibited in the United States.
In addition to displaying science, art, and technology side by side, Light! offers interactive displays that allow visitors to gain hands-on experience with crucial discoveries in the history of light: Newton’s prism experiments, primitive photography, the invention of telescopes and microscopes, theories of vision, and the visual effects of light from different sources.