Ground Floor Exhibits

Ground Floor

Birds of DC

Birds of DC

Book covers and an illustration of a whale skeleton

Exhibit Case - Whales: Bone to Book

  • Location: view map
  • May 25, 2013 - May 2014 (TBA)
  • Natural History is more than just bones, feathers, and fossils in a museum drawer; it is a process of discovering and recovering objects in the natural world and then translating what they mean into scientific knowledge. This exhibition case traces the path of knowledge from discovery on the beach or sea cliff to museum drawer to scientific publication. It features scientific illustrations by Sydney Prentice, the fossils that were used to make the illustrations, the printing blocks and resulting books, tools used in collecting specimens, and current research to illustrate the collaborative process that results in these beautiful images.