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Behind the Scenes at the Natural History Museum

Over at Seed there is an amazing narrated slideshow with photos from the storage areas of the Natural History Museum. It’s really amazing stuff, from elephant skulls in a attic to drawers full of butterflies and birds.

To go along with the photos, there is an article from Carl Zimmer about the first time he found himself behind the displays. He explains his amazement with what he say: “‘You’ve never been back here?’ Kellner asked. The answer was obvious; I was staring like a gob-smacked tourist at the rows of storage cabinets, which loomed overhead like wardrobes for giants. I knew that natural history museums kept fossils and other objects in storage, but I assumed that most of their material was on display, back in the other world.”

February 12, 2009


  • Sean says:

    Hey Noah. Really incredible photos – thanks for sharing. This actually falls in line with the Take Your Customer to Work Day idea I’m hoping to bring to life in the coming months. Your post reminded me of a museum staffer from NC who discussed its potential a while back. Love to get your thoughts/ suggestions on the idea as we move forward.

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