Current Exhibits

They’re here now, but they won’t be here forever. You won’t want to miss these great temporary exhibitions. Be sure to visit the museum soon and see them before they’re gone!

Pencil these exhibition dates into your calendar to help you plan your future visits. Be sure to check back to this web page to keep up to date on what’s at the Sternberg Museum.

Environmental Impact II

October 2nd, 2020 – May 15th, 2021

©Leo Osborne, The Ploy, 2006

Traditionally, art depicts nature as beautiful and pristine, however, this is not the case for some areas on the planet. Environmental Impact II is going against traditional artwork and is looking at a real and serious matter. Through the use of 60 art pieces by artists from around the country, visitors will get a glimpse of the issues that are affecting our environment daily. From plastics in the ocean to wildfires, to diminishing water resources, all impacts not only affects natural flora and fauna but our lives as well.

For more information about the exhibit and the artists, visit

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT II is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., Curator/Tour Director,

A Look Inside

November 1st, 2020 – February 1st, 2021

©Rob Graham, Beaver Skull

Medical Diagnostic Imaging, such as X-rays and Computed Tomography (CT) scans, have recently become more affordable and available to non-medical academic researchers. They help to answer a variety of natural history questions. Scientists can use these images to examine the insides of preserved specimens without damaging them. Even fossils millions of years old can have their internal structures defined. We can also appreciate these images solely for their aesthetic qualities. They present unusual and intriguing views that reveal the hidden design of the natural world.

A Look Inside was produced by the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. The exhibit is comprised of 67 x-rays and CT images of the most intriguing specimens from the Sternberg’s Zoology Collection Department. The photographs were captured by Rob Graham, a radiologic technologist and nature photographer. 

Since the exhibit is intended to be a traveling exhibition, it won’t be staying at the museum for long. Visit the Sternberg Museum today to see the beautiful exhibit, before it goes on tour.

Rattlerssss: From Fear to Fascination

September 1st, 2012 – present

Rattlerssss is here! The Sternberg Museum has created a one-of-a-kind educational exhibit on the rattlesnakes of the United States entitled “Rattlerssss: From Fear to Fascination”. Over 40 species of rattlesnake are alive on the earth today, 22 of which occur somewhere in the United States.

This exhibit centers on the display of LIVE rattlesnakes, ranging from the gigantic Eastern Diamondback to the extremely toxic Tiger Rattlesnake. Come learn about where these snakes occur, the habitats they live in, and the unique behaviors and adaptations of each species. Check-in frequently, as the individual snakes in the display are regularly changed to show variations in color and pattern.