Exhibits


 

BUGS

Location: Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum (1901 Jack Warner Parkway, 35401)
COVID Guidelines: COVID-19 health and safety guidelines include wearing a mask and practicing social distancing while in the museum.
Dates: April 6-July 31, 2021
Museum Hours of Operation: Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00am–4:30pm

BUGS is a creative project for the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum that presents insect specimens from The University of Alabama Insect Collection like never before. The exhibit is a feature of Bama Bug Fest 2021 that celebrates the extensive diversity of insects and works to raise awareness about their importance. BUGS features the UA Blount student-created photos from last year’s Details Unseen exhibit, but in a new and interesting perspective. The specimens in these large-scale images were photographed using focus stacking which involves photographing 50 to 100 digital images that are layered on top of one another resulting in a greater depth of field.

Revealing an unexpected and breathtaking beauty, BUGS highlights intricate details only visible under a microscope. The largest images measure 7 feet tall and provide the viewer with a unique role reversal opportunity to study and appreciate the clarity of this hidden world. Specimens from The University of Alabama Insect Collection accompany the large format images for a side-by-side comparison.

The Warner Transportation Museum is proud to present BUGS in cooperation with Bama Bug Fest 2021. The museum supports the efforts of the Alabama Museum of Natural History, the Department of Research and Collections, and the Tuscaloosa Public Library to increase knowledge and appreciation about insects, earth’s most diverse organisms.


 

Insects and Biodiversity

Location: Tuscaloosa Public Library: Weaver-Bolden Branch (2522 Lanier Ave. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401)
COVID Guidelines: COVID-19 health and safety guidelines include wearing a mask and practicing social distancing while in the library.
Dates: April 3–May 7, 2021
Library Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm; closed Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday
Insects and Biodiversity is a collaborative project for the Tuscaloosa Public Library, the UA Department of Research and Collections, and the Alabama Museum of Natural History. The exhibit is a feature part of the Bama Bug Fest 2021 event which celebrates the diversity of insects and their importance in our world. Insects make up about 40% of our planet’s biodiversity-the total number of species of plants, animals, and organisms. Insects and Biodiversity gives you a breakdown of insect diversity and the integral part they play in our lives through graphics, displays, and library resources.


Insects All Around Us

Location: Tuscaloosa Public Library: Main Branch (1801 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401)
COVID Guidelines: COVID-19 health and safety guidelines include wearing a mask and practicing social distancing while in the library.
Dates: April 3-May 7, 2021
Library Hours of Operation: Tuesday–Thursday, 10:00am–6:00pm; Friday–Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm; Sunday 2:00–6:00pm

Insects all Around Us is a collaborative project for the Tuscaloosa Public Library, the UA Department of Research and Collections, and the Alabama Museum of Natural History. The exhibit is a feature part of the Bama Bug Fest 2021 event which celebrates the diversity of insects and their importance in our world. Insects all Around Us features a wide range of insect displays, images, and library resources that celebrates insects big and small. Specimens native to the Southeastern United States and others from around the world are featured in this exhibit found in the front lobby of the Tuscaloosa Public Library branch and showcases the variety of size, color, and shape of insects all around us.


 

The Buzz About Bees

Location: The Alabama Museum of Natural History
COVID Guidelines: COVID-19 health and safety guidelines include wearing a mask and practicing social distancing while in the museum.
Dates: New Permanent Exhibit starting on April 22, 2021
Museum Hours of Operation: Monday–Saturday 10:00am–4:30pm

A new exhibit is flying to the Alabama Museum of Natural History! The Buzz about Bees is a collaborative exhibit with the Alabama Museum of Natural History, the West Alabama Beekeepers Association, and the UA Bee Club. The exhibit focuses on the honey bee and features a live beehive that gives visitors an inside look at the honey bees’ honey production and social structure. Although just a small portion of the over 4,000 species of bee native to North America, the honey bee is a tiny insect with an immeasurable impact.