The Beautiful Brain:The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

See The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal at the MIT Museum in Cambridge now through December 31, 2018. 

Santiago Ramón y Cajal made transformative discoveries of the anatomy of the brain and nervous system, work that led to his receiving a Nobel Prize in 1906. This founder of modern neuroscience was also an exceptional artist. His drawings of the brain were not only beautiful, but also astounding in their capacity to illustrate and understand the details of brain structure and function.

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal will include approximately 80 of Cajal’s drawings, many rarely before seen in the U.S.

These historical works will be complemented by contemporary visualizations, many from MIT laboratories, bringing to view new understandings of the brain, enabled by developing technologies in the field of brain and cognitive science.



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  • MIT Museum
  • 265 Massachusetts Ave
  • Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Central Square
  • 617 253 5927

Date & Time

  • Mon, July 2, 2018
    Mon, December 31, 2018

Location Hours

Every Day 10 am - 5 pm


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