Climate Change Exhibitions

A chronology of exhibitions dealing with global warming/ climate change/ anthropocene.

2019 Solar Guerrilla: Constructive Responses to Climate Change

On now until 22 February 2020, Tel Aviv

Between climate fiction (cli-fi) and social uprisings, between planning “sponge cities” and solar trees, as extreme climate changes become global urgent issues, Capitalism’s destructive environmental effects become clearer. The exhibition deals with the City as a tool for change; it presents study cases from such cities as Chicago, Masdar City, Hong Kong, London, Copenhagen, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and New York.

2019 EcoLogic

On now until 30 June 2020 at the Powerhouse Museum

EcoLogic explores one of the world’s hottest topics today: climate change. Discover the science behind global warming, learn what we can do to slow it down and what we can do to adapt to the changes already taking place. Scientists predict a warmer Earth in the near future, with more acidic oceans, wilder weather and rising sea levels.

2019 hall of planet earth updates

The American Museum of Natural History is re-opening its climate change exhibit in the David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth with comprehensive updates to a section about one of the most urgent scientific issues of our time. The new installation, which opened to the public on Saturday, July 7, is anchored by a dynamic media wall featuring large-scale imagery, animations, text and graphics, and interactive panels where visitors can engage with the evidence for climate change. Updates, which have been in planning and development since 2016, also include new content in the hall’s sections on past climates as well as on convection.

2019 climate change

Harvard Museum of Natural History has created a new exhibition, Climate Change drawing on the latest scientific information about our warming climate, the global and local consequences, and how to both reduce the fossil fuel emissions that cause it and prepare for its effects. This multimedia exhibit includes engaging video and storm simulations, a “check your knowledge” interactive station, and a dramatic inside look at a high-tech Argo float from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, one of more than 4,000 deployed worldwide to monitor global oceans and climate. Developed in collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment and informed by new Harvard research, the exhibit offers visitors the unfettered facts - the knowns and unknowns - about one of the most challenging problems the world has ever faced.

2019 Human Nature

Världskultur Museerna (Museum of World Culture), Gothenburg, Sweden. 8 Feb 2019 - May 2020. Thereafter: Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm.
Conveying messages of major threats, and messages with strong hope. 'Based on objects from the vast collections of the Museums of World Culture, as well as several ongoing scientific projects, the exhibition takes on the most burning question of our time. “It's all connected. How we live our lives is closely related to the state of our earth.” '
Human Nature does not ignore the huge problems we are facing. Mass consumption has created a world that threatens essential and sensitive systems.

-This is not just a dark and sad story, said Lena Stammarnäs, exhibition curator of Human Nature. There's a lot of hope through all the initiatives that are created around the world, and hopefully the visitor will be inspired. As consumer and citizen, you can make a difference – we can all contribute to change through the choices we make.

2019 Weather to Climate - touring exhibition.

First venue: Bell Museum, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, USA, February 2nd - April 28th 2019
Developed to educate students and families about weather and climate, the exhibition serves as a platform for visitors to easily digest the ever-relevant topic of today - climate change. Through light and approachable methods, visitors will take away important learnings from their experience in hopes of instituting small changes in their every day lives. The Exhibition Includes: Interactive displays, Young meteorologist/news anchor on-camera experience, weather simulations, climate labs, education video games, immersive environment.

2018-2019 Anthropocene

National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa, September 28, 2018 to February 24, 2019
’A major contemporary art exhibition’, stunning presentation of photographic prints and high-definition murals by Edward Burtynsky, and film installations by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, ‘Anthropocene explores the effects of human activity on the planet in artworks that are at once subtle and striking.’ ‘Visitors can also immerse themselves in areas undergoing rapid change, thanks to augmented reality installations and visitor-activated films.’ The exhibition is part of The Anthropocene Project.

2018 Heritage Futures

Manchester Museum, University of Manchester (UK)

Heritage Futures is based on the Heritage Futures research project, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project, and exhibition, consider how we can build the future with heritage. This takes the viewpoint that all forms of heritage are ultimately about future-making, and the decisions we make today make possible futures possible or not. How can we deal with profusion in society and in museums? How can we ensure the future is full of natural and cultural diversity? How can we hold onto value when heritage is transforming? And how can we deal with the challenge of uncertainty in the future?

2018 METIS - “We Know Not What We Can Be”

Barbican, London, 6-9 Sept 2018
part of Season for Change: Inspiring Creative Actions on Climate Change. (Installation)

Following a short talk by an inspiring speaker, visitors were led into : “ the 'factory of the future' – an installation for storytelling, interaction and experimentation that could catapult us towards a transformative future. Working with a host of inspirational experts, among them economists, architects and environmentalists, Zoë Svendsen aim[ed] to initiate conversation, challenge our sense of what is possible, and find ways in which we can all take an active part in determining how we live together. A theatre-maker, dramaturg and Director of METIS, Svendsen develops absorbing, engaging and funny performance projects that highlight contemporary political subjects. “ (from the Metis website)

2018  Under the arctic: digging into permafrost

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), portland oregon. from Fall 2018, touring thereafter.

Dig into what lies beneath the Arctic with the vast and fascinating world of permafrost! Under the Arctic: Digging Into Permafrost transports visitors to the Arctic using the sights and smells of the world’s only permafrost research tunnel, with Ice Age fossils.

2018  Michael Pinsky's Pollution domes

Somerset House, London

Five transparent interlinked domes; visitors enter a dome that contains the very pure air of Tautra, the peninsular on the coast of Norway where the project originated. From here they can walk through the installation to experience what the air is like in London, Beijing, São Paulo and New Dehli.


2018  In Human Time

An exhibition in two parts.
ZARIA FORMAN; Whale Bay, Antarctica, No. 4; December 20, 2017–January 15, 2018
PEGGY WEIL; 88 Cores; January 19–February 11, 2018

The Climate Museum's first exhibition, In Human Time, featured installations by Zaria Forman and Peggy Weil, and explored intersections of polar ice, humanity, and time. For more information on the show and its associated events, visit the In Human Time website
In Human Time was presented in partnership with the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at the Parson School of Design, the New School.


2017 Climate Change Reimagined: DUBAI 2050

Museum of the Future, Dubai

2017  Climate Change in Our World

Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.  Photographs by Gary Braasch.

'Gary Braasch's photographic exhibition "Climate Change in Our World" enjoyed an extended run at the Boston Museum of Science from June 22, 2013 through January 2, 2014. Thousands of museum visitors were engaged and educated by the photographs informed by information from scientific research, showing scientists at work collecting data, and locations ranging from the Arctic to Bangladesh and the Great Barrier Reef where climate change is already having an effect. The show's final images are of some of the actions being taken to reduce global warming pollution and limit the effects of climate change. Braasch, winner of the Ansel Adams Award, has been documenting climate change and its solutions since 1999 in his project “World View of Global Warming.” '


2017  We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh

'The Anthropocene is the current geological era in which humans are making a profound impact on the geological strata. Geologists are still debating the term, but here at the museum, we are embracing it as a social and cultural tool for exploring the broad sum effect humans are having on the environment.

To put it simply, people are changing the planet. We’ll be exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly truths of the Anthropocene for the next six months with the new exhibition We Are Nature: Living in the Anthropocene, which opens October 28 at the museum.'

2016 Climate Control

Manchester Museum, University of Manchester (UK)

Climate Control was developed as a partnership with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Manchester Climate Change Agency, which develops and oversees delivery of climate change policy in the city. The exhibition was staged to contribute to Manchester’s time as European City of Science. The Climate Control exhibition encouraged visitors to position themselves within the rhetoric of climate change: the exhibition had two entrances, to explore the past or the future. Throughout the exhibition, visitors contributed by answering questions on their views on climate change, and taking part in interactives to include their personal (and collective) carbon footprint, and their ideas for a more sustainable future. 
Review of Climate Control by Ella Milburn, The State of the Arts

2016  Earth Objective: Living the Anthropocene

Musée de la Nature du Valais, Sion, Switzerland

"Objectif Terre" is a pioneering exhibition that thematises and makes sensitive the notion of Anthropocene. The immersive, dynamic and colourful staging, conceived by the artist Marie Velardi, integrates perfectly with the messages conveyed. An appropriate form and background that adds originality and attractiveness to this exhibition, and which invites, the time of a visit, to question its way of considering nature. 


2015   Human Origins: Climate Change and Human Evolution

National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian, Washington DC.

Exhibition on human population, environmental change, within hall of human origins (controversial due to Koch family sponsorship)

Misleading Interactives, 3D graphs, stats, etc. Global story. No individuals.


2015  Earth Lab: Degrees of Change

Koshland Science Museum, Washington, DC

Science exhibition.
Human aspects of story are minimal, sanitised


2015  Bill Nye’s Climate Lab Exhibit

Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, CA

Modern civilization has given the Earth a bit of a fever, and it’ll take more than acetaminophen to break it. Let Bill Nye the "Climate Guy" show you how to cure an over-warm planet, tame monster storms, detox the oceans and keep continental ice sheets where they belong - on continents! Ice is nice...
Focused on younger audience


2015  Living with the Ocean

Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute

Interactive exhibition exploring the problems facing the world’s oceans and some solutions – focused on ocean and ocean life.


2014 – 2016   Willkommen im Anthropozän/Welcome to the Anthropocene

Deutsches Museum, Berlin December 5, 2014 to January 31, 2016

Together with the Rachel Carson Center and in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt , the Deutsches Museum is currently planning a major special exhibition on the "Anthropocene“. Coined by the atmospheric chemist and Nobel Prize laureate Paul J. Crutzen, the term describes the idea of a new geological era starting around 1800 and following the Holocene which is shaped by the deep interventions into nature by humans as biological and geological agents.


2014 – 2015   Climate Change in Our World II

Exhibited in Munich and Brussels, 2014, and traveling in Europe, 2015

A new version of Gary Braasch's colour print exhibition "Climate Change in Our World," – art exhibition

Focused on changing landscapes - locations of the photographs include the Arctic, high mountain regions such as the Himalayas and the Alps, Peru, North America, China, Kenya, Australia and Antarctica. Images were updated for the show, including new repeat photography of glaciers in the Andes and Alps. The captions are detailed descriptions connecting the science, effects and solutions to local issues,


2014 - 2015  Nature’s Fury: The science of natural disasters

American Museum of Natural History, New York

Interactives. Tells stories of impacts of Hurricane Katrina and Cyclone Evan – considers impacts on communities. Some artefacts from Katrina.


2014  Atmosphere: exploring climate science

Science Museum, London 

Primarily interactives.


2014 - The Jockey Museum of Climate Change, Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Exhibition within the Jockey Museum of Climate Change: Climate Change and Its Impact

Theatre piece: The Drama of Climate Change


2014  Climate Change, Climate Challenge

Science Center, Singapore

8 zones: science focus for most.
zone 2 - ‘impacts’ is about coral reefs
zone 7 - about the ‘eco home’ – green technology
zone 8 - Singapore’s action plan
What will life in Singapore be like with climate change and global warming? Or, anywhere else in the world? This exhibition aims to bring this 21st Century planet-wide challenge to our visitors by relating the science and the experts’ projections of possible local effects.


2014  Climate + Change

International Mountain Museum, Pokhara; Kathmandu early 2014; Pokara 27 Sept 2014-

The exhibition features science and imagery from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and striking photography from David Breashears, GlacierWorks and other Nepali photographers that showcase the rapidly changing Himalayas and highlight solutions being implemented in the region. The exhibition is traveling to Pokhara after it was shown in Kathmandu for five months in early 2014.


2013 - 2014  Carbon 14: Climate is Culture

Cape Farewell and Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto



2013 - 2014  Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy

Museum of the City of New York, New York with the International Center of Photography

Emotive, focused on impacts on individuals and their homes, their streets, and neighbourhoods

Presented to mark the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Rising Waters draws on work submitted by over a thousand photographers, both professional and amateur, who responded to an open call for images in the storm's wake. The juried exhibition features striking before-and-after images of the hurricane's impact on the New York region, including preparations, the storm's destructive effects, and the ongoing rebuilding efforts.

Website lists a phone number to call to ‘share your stories’: 3 minute recording


2013  Weird Weather, NY State traveling exhibition for rural audiences

Museum of the Earth, Ithaca, NY


2013  Unfold

Beijing, China

Art exhibition – all of the artists have been to places affected by climate change/documented it – all art created in response to experiences (cool segment in article about an artificial diamond created from a polar bear bone – which is more important: the diamond or the polar bear?)

Traveled to Vienna, and has also been shown in New York, London and Chicago


2013   Climate Change Miami

A multiscreen and multiuser exhibit created with the Miami Science Museum

Scientific data, photographs and video; has controllable 4-foot Magic Planet spherical display, four large display monitors, and three independent kiosk stations for visitor interaction.


2013 The Drowning Room

By Reynold Reynolds and Patrick Jolley, displayed at EXPO1, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), New York.

Rain installation


2012 - 2013 Rivers of Ice: Vanishing Glaciers of the Greater Himalaya

MIT Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


2012-2013  Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture

American Museum of Natural History, New York

Includes some climate change content


2012  Seasons of Change: Global warming in your backyard

Peabody Museum, Yale

Photographs, interactives, local artefacts


2012 earth science exhibition

Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas

Not displayed: a ‘Climate Change’ panel in earth science exhibit

e.g. of reluctance of museums across the USA to discuss how human activities are altering the climate:

4-by-2.5-foot panel titled "Climate Change" was supposed to have appeared, providing an explanation of the trapping of Co2 and warming of the atmosphere. It included statements about humans burning fossil fuels contributing to this process. It was dropped from the show.


2011 Living Worlds

Manchester Museum, University of Manchester (UK)

Living Worlds was developed as a new type of natural history gallery, really a natural futures gallery. The purpose of the gallery is to encourage visitors to consider their personal and collective relationships with nature, and the ways they use/consume/experience nature. The gallery draws on work by the late Stephen Kellert (sociologist and conservationist, formerly of Yale University), to explore different human attitudes to nature, which underpin personal behavior and beliefs. Climate change, biodiversity, personal experience, consumption of natural resources, and disasters are all explored, and can be explored across the various installations.


2010  Then & Now: The Changing Arctic Landscape

Museum of the North, University of Alaska (Fairbanks, Alaska)


2010  Then & Now traveling exhibit

Managed by the Burke Museum, Seattle

23 large-format framed photos [10 sets of photo pairs and 3 singles], 12 labels, 16 framed graphic panels, 5 Arctic indigenous resident quote panels, and a DVD containing the 360-degree Arctic Panorama interactive program, Elders Speak/Portraits of Change presentation, Permafrost and Discovering Past Temperatures animations


2009-2010    Climate Change in Our World

American Association for the Advancement of Science Hq Atrium, Washington DC; November 10, 2009 to April 30, 2010.

Exhibition of large-scale colour photographs available for museums and science centres after extended display in Boston, 2014-2014.


2010  Hot Pink Flamingos: Stories of Hope in a Changing Sea

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, California

“…connects our visitors with the ocean and climate change through engaging live exhibits of compelling animals and interpretive graphics and activities. The exhibition reflects our visitors’ current understanding and relationship to climate change, communicates that there is hope— that people can make a difference by working together and taking action—and identifies specific actions they can take to address climate change”

Using ocean wildlife to stress the impacts of climate change


2009   Climate Change: our future, our choice

Australian Museum, Sydney

Then a Climate Change traveling exhibit
Climate change: our future, our choice
Western Australian Museum


2009  Climate change exhibition

Uganda Museum and the British High Commission


2009  Earth: Art of a Changing World

Royal Academy of Art, London

“It’s about art, and contemporary artists. The issue – the science – is sitting underneath it. We wanted to create an exhibition that wasn’t literal in any sense. There aren’t any icebergs or polar bears in the show. We wanted it to have an element of looking to the future – hopefulness, as opposed to death, doom and destruction.” There’s a small amount of familiar work there, such as the inclusion of Gormley’s famous “Field” of little fired-clay people (in its Amazonian version). But most of the work is new, or new-ish.

So: it’s a brave move by the RA, and one which will doubtless attract its fair share of criticism for either doom-mongering (strongly denied by Soriano) or political correctness. I’m all in favour. After all the media, scientific and political frenzy surrounding climate change, I’m very happy to let artists provide an alternative view. And just as happy to see both sides of the RA working together at last.

© Hugh Pearman. First published in The Sunday Times, London, 22 November 2009, as “What on Earth is this?”


2008 - 2009   Climate Change: The threat to life and a new energy future

American Museum of Natural History, New York

Review  ‘Apocalypse Now, via diorama’


2008 The Last Days of Shishmaref 

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Photographs alongside a spatial montage of film scenes. “…the climate was a backdrop for the histories of people, of a community, of a life in all its paradoxical intricacies”  


2008  Nature Unleashed

Traveling Exhibit, Field Museum, Chicago

To understand how natural phenomena work, interactive displays and animations let you trigger an earthquake, simulate a tsunami, generate a virtual volcano, and stand within the center of a roaring tornado. Images, artifacts, and inspiring survivor stories then bring home the realities of recent disasters by revealing how people adapt to living at risk. So prepare yourself for a memorable and powerful experience as Nature Unleashed immerses you in the forces of geology and weather that have shaped our planet and our lives.


2008 Waters of Tuvalu: Nation at Risk

Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Australia

“The curators and organizers were members of the Tuvaluan community in Melbourne including Tito Tapungao, Fikau Teponga, and members of the Melbourne chapter of the Tuvaluan expat organization Kaiga Tuvalu. Geographer and environmental activist Rob Gell also contributed. The intended audience was both Tuvaluan immigrants and the Australian public.”  - quoted from Peter Rudiak-Gould, in J. Newell, L. Robin and K. Wehner (eds) Curating the Future: Museums, Communities and Climate Change (Routledge).


2007-2008   Water: H2O = Life

American Museum of Natural History, New York

Includes climate change content.


2007  Climate change: Our global experiment

Harvard Museum of Natural History (Cambridge, Mass.)


2007  Klima X

The Norwegian National Museum of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Oslo


2007  Feeling the Heat: The Climate Challenge

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego (La Jolla, California)


2006 Atmosphere: Change is in the Air

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The exhibition explores the chemistry, properties, and significance of earth’s atmosphere—the invisible envelope that surrounds and affects us all.


2006 Arctic, a Friend Acting Strangely

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC

The exhibit’s story of the changing Arctic is illustrated by a rich array of objects from the Smithsonian’s collections, supplemented by photographs, video footage, satellite animations, graphic illustrations, and computer interactive exploration stations.

There is a small mention of global warming in the exhibit, but the potential human causes of the melting arctic are not explored.

2003-2004 Forces of Change

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. September 2003 – September 2004

Global Links:  a range of programs and exhibitions. Including: El Nino's Powerful Reach, Arctic: A Friend Behaving Strangely, and others.


2002 –2003  Global LinkS 

Smithsonian, DC

Used the El Nino weather phenomenon to demonstrate the dynamic interrelations among the Earth's 4 components -- the geosphere (land), atmosphere (air), hydrosphere (water), and biosphere (life) -- and the effects of these components felt around the world.

Highlights included: a multi-screen presentation of ground-based and satellite images, including recent views of Earth taken from space; weekly updates of an El Nino "watch"; ancient Peruvian artifacts that demonstrate the far-reaching cultural effects of El Nino; interactive displays where visitors can explore the work of Smithsonian scientists.


2002  Climate, the Experiment with Planet Earth (“Klima: das Experiment mit dem Planeten Erde”)

Deutsches Museum

A heap of coal and a steam engine, illustrating industrialisation as the root cause of the climate problem, greets the entering visitor. Elevated paths lined with sandbags lead through the exhibition.

The highlight of the final section is a smashed, muddy car that was fished out of a branch of the River Elbe after last summer's devastating floods. A source of carbon dioxide, destroyed in the forces it unleashed with its own emissions? Man's relationship with Earth's climate is an experiment that has got out of hand, the exhibition seems to imply.

The main emphasis of the show is on today's climate as a product of nature, technology and politics. A supercomputer next to a negotiation table brings home the interplay between modern research and international treaties. Mitigation and adaptation - the two ways of limiting climate damage - are encapsulated in a comparison of soil-tillage methods and a model of a flood-warning.


2000 Polar Thaw

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC

30-print exhibit of photographs from locations of Arctic and Antarctic climate warming.

also exhibited at the Science Museum of Minnesota, then Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago - fall 2003

1998   Under the Sun: an Exhibition of Light

Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (June 21-Nov. 1998) and then Smithsonian, Washington, DC (June 21-Sept. 1999).

1997  Understanding the Forecast: Global Warming, 

American Museum of Natural History, New York (1992), then moved to Smithsonian (May-August 1997).

Interactive displays. 443,000 visitors.  Note about the exhibition at the Smithsonian in the US Climate Action Report 2002.


1992  Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast

American Museum of Natural History, New York

The AMNH held a major temporary exhibit Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast. During its eight-month run attracted over 700,000 visitors and subsequently traveled to many other venues.’ [Mike Novacek]  The exhibition received the American Association of Museums Curators Award.
See: Eva Zelig and Stephanie L. Pfirman, ‘Handling a Hot Topic—Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast’ Curator: The Museum Journal 36


Annual and ongoing

The Climate Museum

New York

Director: Miranda Massie
Commentary –- a place for discussion. Artworks in public spaces.


Syngenta Photography Award Exhibition

“Rural-Urban: the exhibition” Somerset House, London

Submitted photograph categories: Urban Sprawl, Migration, Infrastructure, Greener Cities, Food Production and Deforestation (photography exhibition – all pieces related to the above themes)


2001-ongoing Cape Farewell

Dana Center, Science Museum, London

David Buckland’s international cultural program


2001 – ongoing Forces of Change 


Image from  Human Nature , Världskultur Museerna, Gotherburg

Image from Human Nature, Världskultur Museerna, Gotherburg