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Library exhibits

Current exhibit in the Sterling Morton Library:


Plant Hunters

Plant Hunters explores the practice and history of plant exploration and collecting. This exhibit features artifacts from the Library's Special Collections and allows visitors to explore the history of plant hunting as well as the modern plant hunting and conservation efforts of scientists right here at The Morton Arboretum.

Library exhibits are free with Arboretum admission!


A globe with adventurers who collected plants from all over the world

Tales and Treasures

PREVIOUS EXHIBIT - ended September 13, 2014

Tales and Treasures Exhibit


In 2013, the Sterling Morton Library turned 50! To celebrate this auspicious anniversary, Tales and Treasures showcasesd 50 rare and unique objects from our collections, each with a special story to tell. Displays of rarely seen objects, interactive games, and a library-wide scavenger hunt engaged visitors of all ages in the rich legacy of the Sterling Morton Library. After exploring, visitors were invited to imagine what the next 50 years might hold for this and other libraries!

Listen to and watch the tales of four special treasures previously on display in our exhibit! learn more

World's Fair Gardens

PREVIOUS EXHIBIT - ended March 2013

World's Fair Gardens past exhibit


We often remember World's Fairs for their iconic exhibits and architecture.  More importantly perhaps, and certainly more enduring, are the green spaces underfoot.  World's Fairs not only shaped landscape design in the United States, but also introduced significant innovations in horticulture.  This exhibit was based on the book, World's Fair Gardens: Shaping American Landscapes by Cathy Jean Maloney, and used artifacts from the author's personal collection to tell this story.

Check our online catalog to see if this book is available to check out at the Sterling Morton Library!