Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature

Tuesday, Nov 7 – Dec 16, 2023

1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610

The National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibition, Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, explores the power of the novel Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus to expose hidden fears of science and technology as human efforts to penetrate the secrets of nature continue. In 1816, Mary Shelley conceived a story about a scientist who creates a creature that can think and feel but is monstrous to the eye. Spurned by all, the embittered creature turns into a savage killer. Shelley’s story served as a metaphor for apprehensions about scientific advancement that continue to resonate today.