Smithsonian Institute Offers Outbreak DIY Exhibit Files

Interested in a pop-up exhibition for your library? The Smithsonian Institute is offering the opportunity to use this ready-made exhibition with templates. Explore the possibilities!

Quote from SI website :

“‘Outbreak’ spotlights the human causes of infectious-disease epidemics, such as land-use change, urbanization, and industrialized food production, as well as their consequences for communities, societies, and the global population,” said Sabrina Sholts, lead curator of the exhibition and curator in the National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Anthropology. “Understanding how we can prevent zoonotic viruses like Ebola, Zika, and influenza from emerging and quickly spreading around the world — recognizing that human, animal and environmental health are connected as ‘One Health’ — is a critical science lesson for the 21st century.”

The exhibition will explore:

  • The origins of zoonotic diseases.
    Since the rise of domestication, human interactions with other animals have increased and changed. Today, three-quarters of all new infectious diseases affecting humans originate in animals, and “Outbreak” will focus on how they spill over, spread and how they can be contained.
  • Humans’ role in spreading animal-borne viruses.
    “Outbreak” will look at the effects of habitat fragmentation and diversity loss, urbanization and global travel on increasing the risks of zoonotic-disease emergence and highlight the role of scientific research and behavior change in lowering risks of disease transmission.
  • How outbreaks are handled.
    Future outbreaks are certain to occur. The exhibition introduces people who play many different roles in the global fight against epidemics, from identifying their animal origins to developing vaccines and interventions to help prevent the next one.

Because outbreaks are a global health threat, the museum will offer a free
“pop-up” version of the exhibition that communities worldwide can print and
display. The pop-up includes guidelines and templates for translation and

“We want people in all countries and settings to have effective
communication tools about infectious diseases and One Health,” Sholts said.
“We see this as an extraordinary opportunity to raise awareness about
pandemic risks and keeps everyone safer in our connected world.”

Files for the monolingual English version of the exhibition here.

If you’re interested in producing any customizable panels, the templates
may be found here.

Please contact

Audrey Chang
Chief of Business Planning and Partnerships
Office of Exhibits
*w* 202.633.7526  *c* 202.710.1911


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