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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Fascinating Exhibition Preparation Photographs from the 1904-60's

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions.

Since its founding in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has collected more than 32 million specimens relating to the natural world and human cultures. The Museum showcases its amazing treasures in the exhibit halls, and behind the scenes more than 200 scientists are at work making new discoveries. Millions of people from around the world visit the Museum each year.

For information on current exhibitions and upcoming events, visit http://www.amnh.org/calendar.

Fred Scherer installing Birds of Paradise Group, 1945

Photographing Tyrannosaurus skeleton, 1937

Museum staff painting background and mounting animals for Tiger Group, Asian Hall, 1934

Museum staff cleaning elephant skin, 1933

Museum staff mounting Brontosaurus skeleton forelimb, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology, 1904
Preparing African Buffalo Group, 1934

Museum staff preparing African Lion Group, 1935

Glass blower Herman O. Mueller and photographer Charles H. Coles, photographing radiolarian.

Paul Wright working on sketch model of American Bison Group, 1939

Posed Grizzly Bear attack during construction of Grizzly Bear Group

Museum staff preparing Olympic Forest Scene exhibit, Forestry Hall

Working on Condor Group diorama, Birds of the World Hall

Museum staff viewing suspended Whale model, Hall of Ocean Life, 1969

Museum staff installing Milliped model in The Forest Floor display, 1958

Paleontology staff posing with Massive Fossil Shark Jaws.

James L. Clark preparing male Indian Lion , 1930

Man posing with head of African Elephant, 1908

Mr. Rockwell modelling the large male giraffe for the Waterhole Group, African Hall, 1928

Museum staff hanging sperm whale skeleton, Hall of Ocean Life, 1933

Charles Lang and Otto Faulkenbach working on Triceratops model, 1938

Thane L. Bierwert & Charles H. Coles photographing Cheetah Group, African Hall, 1942

Museum staff poses rather suavely with fossil shark jaws under restoration, 1927

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