1. As Slate pointed out, the internet loves crappytaxidermy. While we may not have much to contribute to that illustrious canon, we do know taxidermy. Our video "Modeling Animals in Habitat Dioramas" about how artists create the animal sculptures for the Museum’s famous habitat dioramas, shows what it takes to create a meticulously accurate specimen. 
Watch the video.

    As Slate pointed out, the internet loves crappytaxidermy. While we may not have much to contribute to that illustrious canon, we do know taxidermy. Our video "Modeling Animals in Habitat Dioramas" about how artists create the animal sculptures for the Museum’s famous habitat dioramas, shows what it takes to create a meticulously accurate specimen. 

    Watch the video.

  2. From the Archives: African Botanical Illustration
A botanical illustration by Arthur August Jansson used as a reference for the Serengeti Plain Group in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals. (1926) AMNH/art_002_b2_04a

    From the Archives: African Botanical Illustration

    A botanical illustration by Arthur August Jansson used as a reference for the Serengeti Plain Group in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals. (1926) 

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  3. A forest floor is a busy place, full of decomposing debris and hungry bugs. This diorama shows a cross section of soil, magnified 24 times actual size, allowing us to get a closer look at the most densely populated stratum of an oak-hickory forest. 
Learn more about this and other dioramas in the Hall of North American Forests.

    A forest floor is a busy place, full of decomposing debris and hungry bugs. This diorama shows a cross section of soil, magnified 24 times actual size, allowing us to get a closer look at the most densely populated stratum of an oak-hickory forest. 

    Learn more about this and other dioramas in the Hall of North American Forests.

  4. From the Archives: various species of fish from Renard’s Poissons, écrevisses et crabesIn an effort not to disappoint Europeans who saw collections of preserved tropical fish lacking their brilliant colors, Louis Renard (1678-1746) compiled the book Poissons, with fancifully colored engraved plates depicting fish and crustaceans from the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia).Learn more.

    From the Archives: various species of fish from Renard’s Poissons, écrevisses et crabes

    In an effort not to disappoint Europeans who saw collections of preserved tropical fish lacking their brilliant colors, Louis Renard (1678-1746) compiled the book Poissons, with fancifully colored engraved plates depicting fish and crustaceans from the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia).

    Learn more.

  5. Flying fish in the dolphin and tuna diorama, Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

    Flying fish in the dolphin and tuna diorama, Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

  6. “Drawing of proposed African Hall, 1925”
For more images from the archives, browse the Picturing the Museum collection.
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    “Drawing of proposed African Hall, 1925”

    For more images from the archives, browse the Picturing the Museum collection.

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  7. Before the Andros coral reef diorama was installed in the Museum’s Hall of Ocean Life, scientists and artists did extensive research in the field. Artists even used waterproof paints to draw and document the underwater scene.
See footage from the 1930s in the latest DIORAMA video from PBS Digital Studios.

    Before the Andros coral reef diorama was installed in the Museum’s Hall of Ocean Life, scientists and artists did extensive research in the field. Artists even used waterproof paints to draw and document the underwater scene.

    See footage from the 1930s in the latest DIORAMA video from PBS Digital Studios.

  8. Need a break from the cold? Head to the Bahamas to see how artists and scientists created the Andros Coral Reef diorama.
Watch the latest video in the DIORAMA series, a collaboration with PBS Digital Studios .

    Need a break from the cold? Head to the Bahamas to see how artists and scientists created the Andros Coral Reef diorama.

    Watch the latest video in the DIORAMA series, a collaboration with PBS Digital Studios .

  9. Learn to fold an origami whale…and have some fun while you’re at it.

    Don’t miss the Museum’s Origami Holiday Tree, on view through this Sunday, January 12.

  10. In today’s peek into the archives, Raymond Potter mounts a Bird of Paradise (1945).Learn more about the bird habitat dioramas and the history of ornithology at the Museum in a new video series.AMNH Library/298479

    In today’s peek into the archives, Raymond Potter mounts a Bird of Paradise (1945).

    Learn more about the bird habitat dioramas and the history of ornithology at the Museum in a new video series.

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