John Rowley, renowned for assembling habitat groups at New
Yorks AMNH, is hired to create exhibits for a new Academy
Simson African Hall opens after a decade of preparation and
field work in Africa by Frank Tose.
African Annex opens, followed by Eastwood Botany Hall in 1959.
Toshio Asaeda and Cecil Tose design and fabricate exhibits
for both halls.
Photographer Ansel Adams, Academy member since 1935, is a
Research Associate of the Exhibits Department.
The Exhibits Department staff grows to over sixty people to
create exhibits for two major halls, Wild California and Life
Staff works with international designers and architects to
develop exhibits for a transition site and the new Academy
in 2008. Chairwoman Linda Kulik collaborates with the Charles
Darwin Center in the Galápagos to help redesign its