Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History opened on Friday, May 18, 2018, and the exhibit will now remain on view until November 2021. The exhibition takes visitors through the origins of specific diseases and outbreaks and the effect of zoonotic diseases when they “spillover” into humans.
As described on the Smithsonian website:
Outbreak! invites visitors to join epidemiologists, veterinarians, public health workers, and citizens of all ages and origins as they rush to identify and contain infectious disease outbreaks. Case studies of HIV/AIDS, Ebola virus, and influenza highlight the social and emotional fallout of outbreaks—for victims, their loved ones, and society overall. Objects from both the National Museum of Natural History and National Museum of American History collections illustrate the scientific and cultural impact of epidemics.