IllustraExplora, a project created by Illustraciencia, aims to increase accessibility to natural history and illustration books written before the 21st century currently found in museums and libraries around the world.  By bringing visibility to these works, we hope to bring science and nature closer to society.

Publications by past authors and natural illustrators highlight the importance of documenting distinct species in order to advance fields similar to biology.  Museums and libraries around the world have successfully preserved a lot of this information. Illustraciencia wants to involve citizens in this collaborative project to help emphasize the importance, information and beauty the publications invoke while also combining art, literature, nature and science to advance our knowledge about all that surrounds us.

Illustraciencia is an initiative organized by the National Museum of Natural Sciences of Madrid (MNCN-CSIC) and the  Catalonian Association of Scientific Communication (ACCC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (MINECO) and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) through its conviction to help the promotion of scientific culture and innovation.

In order to accomodate our objective, we propose the following to our participants:

Rules to follow


Avoid including shadows and reflection.

We encourage you to share this project and participate using your social media with the hashtag:  #IllustraExplora. Mention the museum or library that hosted you and @illustraciencia.

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