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Darwin: How One Man's Theory Turned the World on its Head

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darwin_web_small_copyFebruary 18 - September 3, 2012
Kathleen and Curtis Gunn Gallery

Discover Charles Darwin and his revolutionary ideas at Darwin: How One Man’s Theory Turned the World on its Head, an internationally acclaimed exhibit making its first Texas stop at the Witte Museum. 

Darwin offers visitors a provocative exploration of the life and discoveries of Charles Darwin, whose insights led to the theory of evolution, forever changing the perception of the origin and nature of our own species and launching modern biological science. Darwin is an engaging and enlightening exhibition for visitors of all ages. 

Glimpse into Darwin’s intellectual and personal world through specimens, documents, film, fossils, interactive media, exact replicas of his personal effects and a reconstruction of his study. Experience the wonders Darwin witnessed on his historic five-year voyage as an adventurous young man aboard the HMS Beagle to South America, the Galapagos Islands, and beyond. 

Learn how Darwin arrived at the startling conclusion that life is not static, but changing, and how his controversial theory of natural selection offered an explanation of Earth’s amazing diversity. These insights continue to guide scientists worldwide as they apply Darwinian concepts to everything from global inventories of life and conservation biology, to the reconstruction of the evolutionary Tree of Life and the treatment of diseases.

Touch specimens like a reproduction of a giant glyptodont skeleton (a prehistoric armored mammal), and get up close to other items such as samples of petrified wood and use a simple hand lens, just as Darwin did in developing and testing his groundbreaking theories.

Younger visitors can engage in computer interactives to modify a virtual environment and see how the change affects various species, or examine similar features amongst whales, frogs, humans and more!

There is a $5 surcharge in addition to museum general admission for Darwin. For more information call 210.357.1910 or visit

Darwin at the Witte Museum is generously supported by the William Knox Holt Foundation, the Joan and Herb Kelleher Charitable Foundation, Great Events and Rentals, and the City of San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs. Darwin is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( in collaboration with The Field Museum, Chicago; the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, The Museum of Science Boston; The Royal Ontario Museum and the Natural History Museum of London.

Browse select photos of the Darwin exhibit below!