The Joseph Fetter Museum of Nanotechnology
Curiosity and wonder are traits shared both by artists and by scientists, which assists them in their investigative work.
Nanoscience is a relatively new field of research, which often leads to discoveries that reveal phenomena that are not noticeable in the macroscopic world. Nanoscience, similarly to art, disassembles reality and offers new perspectives in interpreting our world.
The museum offers a contemporary version of the wonder rooms (or: cabinets of wonder, cabinets of curiosities, or: emulation of the exotic appeal of 16th century wonder cabinets)
a microcosm of the world, in which visitors, rather than travelling to far away geographic places, embark on a journey into hidden phenomena and landscapes that surround us. Vehicle that will take us on these journeys include art, microscopes, and scientific discoveries.
Visitors at the museum will learn about cross-disciplinary research at the Nano Institute and at the museum. They will gain a glimpse of the stages of scientific thinking, the various trials, sparks, pondering, mistakes, successes, disappointments, and enriching, yet often unexpectable discoveries, just as they occur in an art studio or in a lab.
Magic is one of the elements that is common to both art and science. Throughout history, scientists and artists alike practiced magic. The wonder and pleasure in interpreting magic, even if it remains partially enigmatic, are part of the comprehension and learning process, similar to those occurring in a studio or a lab.
We invite visitors to join us on these journeys and discover new worlds.
Collaborative and interdisciplinary research are at the core of the Nano Institute of Bar-Ilan University. The genuine excitement expressed by school children who were exposed to this interdisciplinary approach while visiting the Nano Institute, is what prompted the idea to enhance these tours through museum exhibits, adding collaborative work with artists.
The museum is unique in that many of its works are an expression of art and science collaborations conducted at the Nano-Institute. Visitors will experience each work of art which will demonstrate the results of this joint research, including a visit at the lab where this work took place.
Some exhibits will be ever-changing, and will reflect advances in the scientific research and in the ongoing collaborative work. Each exhibit will include documentation of the research process. In addition to permanent exhibits, there will be touring exhibitions from other institutes from around the world, as well as exchange and joint exhibitions.
The museum will continuously explore ways to enhance its collaborative work and its educational activities. The education staff will continuously work to improve guidance and accessibility, tailoring tours to each audience. We will establish a database intended for visitors who wish to access information about this field globally.