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Description: No scientific revolution is associated so strongly with a place as Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Darwin’s insights, which fundamentally changed how we view the world and the position of humans in the natural world, are to this day associated with a small group of islands in the Pacific Ocean: The Galápagos. These scraggy islands with their fascinating and sometime bizarre biodiversity were an important fountain of support for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by means of natural selection. Since then, important other discoveries in evolutionary biology took place in Galápagos. To this day the islands continue to be a paradise for biologists and nature enthusiasts and they are protected as a UNESCO world heritage site. The Galápagos badly need this protection as invasive plants and animals threaten the unique biodiversity of these islands. Research and conservation programmes but also widespread public interest in these islands is crucial to the successful protection of Galápagos. To this end, the Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich dedicated an exhibition to these islands which were so important in the history of biology. The Galápagos traveling exhibition has toured in Europe and now in the United States, aims to raise awareness for the unique biodiversity of Galápagos. Only a widespread appreciation of the value and the uniqueness of the Galápagos will ensure that these islands will survive unscathed for generations to come.
Category: Science & Technology
Primarily Consists Of: Objects, 3-Dimensional (in cases/vitrines)
Cost: 5000 CHF
Size: 600-1200 sq. ft.
Venue Length: 20 weeks (flexible)
Availability: August 2017
Special Requirements: Security or Gallery Attendants should make regular walk thru and checks in the Gallery. No Lighting, Temperature or RH requirements. The presentation venue is responsible for the incoming transportation costs. This cost will be based on the venue that comes before and comes after the presentation venue. A detailed cost breakdown can be made available. A person from the Zoological Museum of the University of Zurich will come and guide the installation and de-installation of the exhibition – for a maximum 1 week. This cost is covered by the presentation venue. A detailed budget can be provided. Presentation venue is required to provide insurance coverage and a certificate of insurance for the exhibit. The exhibition is dual language: German and English. It includes more objects, images and videos then text. A travel guide (currently in English and German) acts as a map, but with the exhibitions unique design it allows for viewer to discover and experience the research and exhibition in their own way – as each of the six individual islands can be viewed in any order.
Previous Venues:
  • Zoological Museum at the University of Zurich
  • NaturMuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland
  • Phyletisches Museum – University of Jena, Germany
  • NaturMuseum Lucerne, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • NaturMuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Naturhistorisches Museum Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany
  • Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas
  • University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska
Organization: Zoological Museum, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Contact: Rachel Brechbuehler
Address: Karlschmidstrasse 4, Zurich, 8006 Switzerland
Phone: +41791983305
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