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  • Einstein_SpeedofLight

    Speed of Light

    This kinetic light sculpture demonstrates Einstein's Theory of Special Relativity.

  • Einstein_LifeandTimes

    Life and Times

    This section traces Einstein’s personal life, featuring a copy of his high school report card and a copy of his 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics.

  • Einstein_Light


    Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity recognizes the speed of light is a universal constant.

  • Einstein_Time

    Time and Space

    A display of digital clocks and a light display illustrating the length of a second represent Einstein’s radical understanding that time and space are relative and not absolute. ©AMNH/R. Mickens

  • Einstein_Energy

    E = mc2

    Visitors can delve deeper into the famous equation E=mc² by touching an interactive “blackboard.”

  • Einstein_Gravity


    Learn about how radical Einstein’s work in physics was, including his discovery of black holes and warping space-time.

  • Einstein_Relativity

    Theory of Special Relativity

    This wall showcases facsimiles of Einstein’s own handwritten 1912 manuscript of his Theory of Special Relativity.

  • Einstein_Space-time

    Bending Space-Time

    Interactives invite visitors to see the mass of their own bodies warping the images onscreen.

  • Einstein_BlackHole

    Black Holes

    Manipulate the space-time-distorting powers of a black hole at a computer simulation kiosk.

  • Einstein_LearningLab2
  • Einstein_Legacy

    Einstein’s Legacy

    Einstein left a lasting impact as a role model for scientists around the world, as video interviews with modern physicists reveal.


An unprecedented exploration of the life and theories of one of the world's most famous scientists, the Einstein exhibition introduces visitors to a fresh perspective on this extraordinary genius who was also actively engaged in the social and political issues of his time. This exhibition brings together copies of his groundbreaking papers, personal letters, and effects, with engaging interactive exhibits that animate Albert Einstein’s most revolutionary theories. The enduring legacy of Einstein's fame, as well as his role as an icon of "genius" is explored, offering illuminating insight into one of the most intriguing thinkers of the 20th century.

Einstein is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.



“It uses child-friendly visual aids to make science comprehensible, humanizes the great physicist by including his letters to lovers and children, and traces the social activism that generated an FBI dossier of 1,470 pages” – The New York Times

“Eye-popping interactives…and whimsical touches”  Newsday

Exhibition Information

Venue Gallery Size:

6,000 – 7,000 ft2


Venue Ceiling Height:

12 ft recommended


Conservation & Security Requirements:



Standard Rental Length:

16 weeks


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