Thursday, February 12, 2009

More interesting than most storage cupboards

Below are some highlights from a series of photographs by Justine Cooper, taken inside the scientific collections of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
It records ‘the hidden side of natural history museums, where the unfathomably vast collections of scientific specimens are kept’.

Elephant skulls in the attic

Yellow Honeyeaters

Rhinocerous stored in the hide room

Leopard’s skin

I've never really been one for museums, it's all so staid and feels like a school trip.
But a tour through their store rooms would be fascinating. Imagine opening a cupboard and finding elephant's feet. Mental.

You can see the slideshow here

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