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New Technology Saves Old Dioramas [Slide Show]

Conservators, curators and taxidermists developed novel techniques to preserve the past with an eye to the future as they restored aging animal dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History

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WOLF DIORAMA RESTORED

The recolored snow in the wolf diorama once again displays an illusory moon shadow.....[ More ]

WOLF DIORAMA RECOLORING

Museum artist Stephen Quinn makes pigments to overcome new shadows cast by the updated energy-efficient and UV-filtered lights in the wolf diorama.....[ More ]

CANADA LYNX SNOW RESTORED

A detail of the newly restored snow in the Canada lynx and snowshoe hare diorama.....[ More ]

GREAT PLAINS SCENE RESTORED

The competed and restored American bison and pronghorn antelope diorama. ....[ More ]

PRONGHORN ANTELOPE--BEFORE AND AFTER

A pre- and post-restoration contrast of the faded and recolored pronghorn antelope.....[ More ]

AMERICAN BISON--BEFORE AND AFTER

Photographs document the fading that had occurred in the American bison under the bright light of the Great Plains diorama.....[ More ]

AMERICAN BISON CONSTRUCTION

Museum artists paint the background and preparators install native grasses typical of the 1850s Great Plains for the American bison and pronghorn antelope diorama before the hall's opening.....[ More ]

ALASKA BROWN BEAR RESTORED

Completed restoration of the Alaska brown bear diorama.....[ More ]

ALASKA BROWN BEAR RECOLORING

Museum artist Stephen Quinn airbrushes a special, reversible stable dye mixture to restore the original coloring to the Alaska brown bear.....[ More ]

ALASKA BROWN BEAR PAINTING

An artist at work painting the background (by Belmore Browne and George Browne) of the Alaska brown bear diorama.....[ More ]

ALASKA BROWN BEAR MODEL

Taxidermist Robert Rockwell shapes the clay model for the Alaska brown bear in 1940, before the AMNH's Hall of North American Mammals dioramas opened in 1942.....[ More ]

RESTORED WAPITI

Restored wapiti diorama after the American Museum of Natural History's Hall of North American Mammals reopened to the public in October.....[ More ]

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