Join us for an exclusive presentation to view some of the infrequently seen treasures from our Research Library collection. On the occasion of the opening of Expedition Baja, Research Library Director Ariel Hammond will showcase rare books and maps focused on the Baja California Peninsula, as well as historical photographs documenting early expeditions into the region.
The more than 100,000 objects in our Research Library collection document humankind’s attempt to understand the natural world and communicate its wonder to others. The Museum’s preservation of these important objects ensure they will remain in top condition for centuries, to be used by the librarians, researchers, and historians of the future.
This is an exclusive event for members of Live Oaks Society, a group of passionate individuals who are making a difference in the future of our natural environment through legacy giving and estate planning.
The Baja California Peninsula has been a magnet for adventurers and naturalists, including our own researchers who have been exploring and studying the region for more than a century. Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Gulf of California on the east, this 775-mile-long peninsula has a warm climate and diverse terrain, ranging from coastal sand dunes and rugged mountain peaks to desert flats to isolated islands. The varied landscape supports an amazing diversity of plant and animal life—towering cardón cacti, islands crowded with breeding birds, and insects and arachnids with special adaptations to cope with life in the dunes. Using specimens from the Museum’s scientific collections alongside immersive imagery and stories about conservation work happening there, Expedition Baja brings to life one of the most incredible regions in the world.