Naturhistorisches Museum in Bern, Switzerland
Diorama at the Bell Museum, Minneapolis
Diorama from the Bell Museum in Minneapolis
Denver Museum of Nature and Science - South America Exhibit - Patagonia (Guanacos) - circa 1960-1961
Credits: Background artist, Tim Prutzer; animal preparator, Albert C. Rogers; animal restoration, Leonard McCann and Kent Ullberg; foreground preparation and installation, Jack D. Putnam, Robert J. Niedrach, Robert L. Akerley, Jack Conley, Norma Lovelace and Trudy Pierce.
Subject: Diorama portrays guanacos in the rolling treeless grazing land of Patagonia, South America.
Photo credit: Daniel J. Schneider, 2010
Denver Museum of Nature and Science - Northern and Rare Birds Exhibit - Spring Migration, Seward Peninsula - circa 1940
Credits: Background artist, C. Waldo Love; animal collectors, Kenneth King and Henry Wichers Inchumuk; preparators, Henry Wichers Inchumuk and Jack Putnam.
Subject: Diorama portrays drifting ice floes, populated by migratory sea birds and waterfowl in the Bering Strait in mid-June.
I’ve encountered a bit of a mystery with this diorama. The top photograph is from the DMNS’s website, and the bottom photograph was taken by Dan on our recent trip to the museum. As you can see, the background is clearly the same, but the birds and the rocks are slightly different. I am positive this is the same diorama, but I was not aware of the museum having rearranged or changed the diorama in recent years. I could not find a date on the museum’s photograph, but the diorama was constructed in 1940.
If anyone reading this has any information on this mystery I’d appreciate knowing more!
“IT’S A SMALL WORLD, even for small fry, at the DELLS MINIRAMA. Located in downtown Wisconsin Dells, MINIRAMA shows in miniature all the outstanding scenic features of the famed Dells of the Wisconsin River. Trains and boats electronically propelled add sound and movement to this outstanding display.”
I am fairly sure this is a diorama and not live, but I have no idea from which museum. I know it is not at DMNS or AMNH.
Via Old Chum
American Museum of Natural History
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