By MARK R. BOWDEN, Associated Press WriterThe Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will reopen in mid-October after nearly four decades.
The museum’s latest exhibit, “The Big Picture: Life on the Edge,” opens on Saturday.
It is the most comprehensive look at how life on the edge is changing across the planet.
It also will mark the first time the museum has shown a portrait of President Donald Trump.
The exhibit was the brainchild of a group of researchers led by curator Susan Schmitt.
The group includes scientists from the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Geological Survey, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Smithsonian Botanical Garden.
Schmitt, a retired professor of biological sciences, said in a statement the exhibition, which will open on Saturday, is a tribute to the American people, the American scientist and the American explorer.
Schmitt said the new exhibit, titled “The Power of the Imagination,” focuses on how imagination has shaped our world.
She said the work in the exhibition demonstrates that our ability to create is far from being limited by technology.
Schmit said it is the largest exhibition of its kind in the country.
It will be open to the public beginning Oct. 1, and will include more than 500 exhibits, including a full-length documentary, a 360-degree interactive installation and interactive art, according to a news release.
It was created by a group led by Schmitt, who was a senior curator at the museum from 2013 to 2017.
The work includes interviews with renowned scientists, including Nobel laureate Robert Watson, who has been a longtime adviser to the Smithsonian and a major figure in its conservation programs.
It includes an image of an astronaut who was in space during the Apollo missions.
The NASA astronaut is shown holding a small toy airplane.
The Smithsonian is one of the oldest and most important museums in the world.
It was established in 1875 by the British-born British explorer Christopher Columbus and was designed by the French architect Charles-Antoine L’Enfant.
It includes about 3,000 objects, most of them artifacts from the American colonies in the Caribbean and Florida.