1. The Museum is renowned for the halls of habitat dioramas. Popularized in an era when film and wildlife photography were in their infancy, dioramas introduced museum visitors to an early form of “virtual reality.”
In a 1908 New York Times article about the Hall of North American Birds, a visitor observed the Wading Birds Diorama: “That’s pretty good, but I don’t see why the Museum authorities allow that dirty water to stand there like that…I should think it would be unhealthy.” Since the water the viewer referenced is an artificial recreation of a swamp, Museum artists would consider this response a great success. 

    The Museum is renowned for the halls of habitat dioramas. Popularized in an era when film and wildlife photography were in their infancy, dioramas introduced museum visitors to an early form of “virtual reality.”

    In a 1908 New York Times article about the Hall of North American Birds, a visitor observed the Wading Birds Diorama: “That’s pretty good, but I don’t see why the Museum authorities allow that dirty water to stand there like that…I should think it would be unhealthy.” Since the water the viewer referenced is an artificial recreation of a swamp, Museum artists would consider this response a great success. 

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