Monday, April 7, 2014

A facelift for the American Museum of Natural History

"The American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of North American Mammals, opened in 1942, is in the final stages of a year-long restoration. Artists, taxidermists, conservators and designers have been working on everything from re-coloring faded fur and restoring paintings to dusting leaves and installing new energy-efficient and less-damaging lighting. The display text for each diorama will be updated with the latest scientific information about each species." reports

Led by John Matthews, the award-winning taxidermy team renovated historic specimens and mounted specimens donated by zoos and research facilities from around the world. Each animal reflects the collaboration of museum curators, exhibit designers, and taxidermists to determine an accurate and aesthetic pose.