We’re continuing our 164th birthday celebration! Today, we’re opening the vault to get a behind-the-scenes look at our entomology collection and more. Click the video above to watch insect expert Allen showcase some amazing specimens at our collections facility! Then, keep reading for an up-close look at some very cool plant and bird specimens!
Next, let’s hop around our collections to examine some unique specimens with senior director of collections Dawn as our guide. Head here to discover an incredible 19th century tree id box. Check out some beautiful botanical specimens from Elizabeth Emerson Atwater here. Then cap it off with a cool woodpecker comparison using study skins from our collection.
Let’s keep learning about natural history collections with our special Collections Wonder Workbook! Discover how to create pressed and mounted plant cards, get a look at extinct species, and make your own scientific illustrations. Click here to download this free, printable resource.
Young scientists! Get a closer look at our amazing natural history collections this Saturday by joining us for our first Curiosity Club session—Is it Real? A Collection Close Up. Kids ages 5-9 can join us for a behind-the-scenes look at what’s in our natural history collection and learn why museums keep specimens. You can even enjoy free registration to this special Founders Week session by using promo code FOUNDERS at check out. Click here for more information.
Join us for Tainted Knowledge: Reconciling the Scientific Field’s Problematic Past
How does one reflect on scientists who have made fundamental discoveries in their field through racist, sexist, colonialist practices? This question will guide our panelists from different scientific fields in a powerful conversation during Tainted Knowledge: Reconciling the Scientific Field’s Problematic Past. Join us Thursday, January 14, for this exciting discussion. Click here to RSVP.