Observing Nature: Edna Lawrence & Cabinet of Curiosities

Presented by the Providence Athenaeum and the Nature Lab, this exhibition honors the Nature Lab's founder, Miss Edna Lawrence, and her mission to “open students' eyes to the marvels of beauty in nature." Although many of the tools and technology have changed, her teachings and vision are still at the core of many science, design and fine arts practices.

Exhibition Dates:
April 6-June 17, 2018

The Salon, the exhibition's opening reception event on April 6th, 2018, is at full capacity.

The exhibition is open for public viewing on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 PM - 6 PM.

Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit St
Philbrick Rare Book Room
Providence, Rhode Island — 02903

April 06 5:00 pm -
June 17 5:00 pm

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April 06
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Speaking Program

April 06
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Audience Q&A

April 06
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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