Taxidermy and Natural History Museums

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

  • Research & Collections Center, Springfield

Event Venue: 

Special Programs Room

Event Audience: 

Adult
Teen

Fee: 

Free, donations appreciated

Tales from the Vault Program moderated by Dr. Meredith Mahoney, Curator of Zoology, Illinois State Museum

Animal taxidermy has been a part of museum exhibits from the early “Cabinets of Curiosities” to today’s naturalistic landscape dioramas. This presentation will explore the history of animal taxidermy and the development of museum natural history displays, with examples from the Illinois State Museum’s current and former exhibits. Taxidermy mounts from the State Museum Zoology collections will be displayed.

"Tales from the Vault" is a collaborative program hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Museum which allows the public to discover some of the treasures from these institutions' collections. Each program will include the chance to view an artifact or document not normally on display, commentary by a staff member or local scholar, and a chance for group discussion. All programs are free and open to the public. 

The Research & Collection Center is located at 1011 E. Ash Street in Springfield. The Collections Center must be accessed via the gate on Ash St. and approached from 11th Street or further east due to the rail closure at Ash and 10 ½ Streets. For additional information, please contact events@illinoisstatemuseum.org or (217) 558-6696.

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