An Introduction to the CPNH

Projects and News

Smithsonian NHMView this HUGE photo of the CPNH!

Researchers from the CreateLab at Carnegie Mellon University used a Gigapan to take this enormous zoomable photo of our front gallery. Click and explore!

Smithsonian NHMPostNatural Organisms of the European Union

PostNatural Organisms of the European Union is a collection of organisms that were deliberately altered by humans, varying between domesticated pets, agricultural seeds from the Norwegian Svalbard global seed vault, alcoholic rats, mice with Hox gene alterations and a red canary. The exhibit has traveled to the Netherlands, Slovenia and Germany. Contact us about bringing it to a European city near you!

Past Exhibitions

Smithsonian NHMPostNatural History included in "Intimate Science" exhibition

Three specimens from the collection of the CPNH have been included in the Intimate Science exhibition now on tour in the US. Read more.


Atomic Age Rodents is a series of photographs taken of rodent specimens in the collection of the Smithsonian that have some connection to the American Atomic Bomb program. A booklet has been published to accompany the show.


The Center for PostNatural History has joined forces with the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin to produce this unique exhibition that celebrating the wonders of the postnatural world. On display from now until the end of Summer.

Smithsonian NHMThe Cold Coast Archive:
Future Artifacts from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

May 15th to September 30th, 2012

Smithsonian NHMCenter for PostNatural History awarded Smithsonian Research Fellowship

The CPNH was inresidence at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. during 2010-2011.

Transgenic Organisms of New York StateTransgenic Mosquitoes of Southern California

A single specimen of genetically engineered Anopheles stephensi. Currently hosted by the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport and the ZER01 Festival.
March 2010 thru March 2012.


Strategies in Genetic Copy Prevention

This exhibit presents selections of techniques and technologies used to prevent organisms from reproducing.

Transgenic Organisms of New York StateTransgenic Organisms of New York State

A survey of genetically modified organisms that are created, bred, or exist in the state of New York. Show includes living specimens and dioramas of postnatural habitats. (Moved to storage)

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Permitted Habitats

PostNatural habitats are determined by culture and politics more often than by climate or ecology. Here we present a visulization of the last 21 years of permits issued for the release of a transgenic organisms as documented by the Federal Test Release Permit Database.