Leafing Through History: Plants That Make Paper
June 14, 2019 - October 27, 2019
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden > Museum Building
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One of the most important—and ubiquitous—plant products is paper. Paper has made an indelible impact on human history, particularly in writing, design, art, and the spread of information through books and newspapers. The exhibition is the Museum’s first interdisciplinary exhibition, which highlights the science, history, and art of paper and papermaking.

Learn more about paper-making techniques used by different cultures to make materials for religious texts, tourism, or cultural practices. Ethnobotanical displays, highlighting the connection between people and plants, will feature unique items like fig paper, used in ancient Mayan traditions. Historical items, like antique writing tools and paperweights, will be tell the ever-evolving story of humanity’s use of paper.

Specimens and reproductions from the Garden’s extensive herbarium, one of the largest in the world, will showcase 40 different plants used to make paper across the globe. Learn more about the “art of the herbarium,” through a display showcasing items the Garden’s highly-trained team uses to preserve these important specimens.

Included with Garden admission

Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum