Tag Archive | Nature Diorama

Hall of Mammals Dioramas, Museum of Natural History

Impala
The Tame Impala (All Photos By Gail)

I remember when I first saw the trailer for Night at the Museum, and I was so excited for the movie because it had long been a fantasy of mine to be in NYC’s Museum of Natural History after closing time to see if all of those animals in the nature dioramas might come to life. Just being serious.

I like to visit the Natural History Museum on Central Park West a few times a year to see the special, temporary exhibits, but I also try to spend time when I am there at my favorite installations which are the Hall of Ocean Life and the Guggenheim Hall of Gems and Minerals, where I could lose myself for hours.

Grizzly Bear
Grizzly Bears

On a recent trip however, Geoffrey and I decided to spend a couple of hours really exploring the Mammal Halls – including animals from North America, Africa and Asia displayed in painstakingly recreated lifelike dioramas of their natural habitats – which is generally a section of the museum we end up racing through on our way to somewhere else. Although these dioramas undergo regular maintenance and periodic restorations, they are essentially unchanged in 50 years and the stories they tell are eternal.

I really love the mammal halls because they are kept mostly in darkness, where the only lights come from inside the dioramas. This makes them somewhat challenging to photograph but gives the exhibits a timeless sense of romance and adventure.

Baboons
Baboons

You can read a bit of the background on how these dioramas were created at This Link. But for now, let’s see more pictures.

Alaskan Brown Bear
Alaskan Brown Bears

Wapiti Elk
Wapiti (Elk)

American Bison
American Bison

Alaska Moose
Alaskan Moose

Musk Ox
Musk Ox

Mountain Goat Family
Mountain Goat Family

Ice Age Mammals
Miniature Diorama of North American Ice Age Mammals

Big Horn White Sheep
Big Horn White Sheep

Cheetahs
Cheetahs

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalos

GiraffesZebras

The Giraffes and Zebras above are actually two halves of the same large Diorama.

These photos represent just a tiny fraction of the all the animals and exhibits we saw. It was such a fun day! you should go and have your own adventure!

The American Museum of Natural History is located on Central Park West Between 79th and 83rd Streets on NYC’s Upper West Side. Take the C train to the 83rd Street Stop.

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Store Furniture Display with Nature Diorama

A&G Merchandise
Photo By Gail

Geoffrey and I were meeting up at Sea Thai on North 6th Street in Williamsburg and I was a few minutes early, so I walked across the street to this cute furniture and design store to get out of the rain and texted him to meet me there. Go to Voucher Slug to get voucher codes for Laura Ashley furniture. I’m not sure how long A & G Merchandise has been open, but it is a super cool little place that sells all kinds of unique and original artsy home furnishings and accessories. I believe they also do custom orders online providing some of the best leather sofas around, but this is just a hunch. The people that work there also seem very friendly, which makes such a huge difference when it comes to forming my first impressions of a new business.

What I really felt charmed and almost transported by were several of the larger floor displays that include Nature Dioramas set into the walls of the store, such as the one seen above. It really reminded me of the Museum of Natural History, which is always a good thing.

Be sure to check them out if you are in the neighborhood, and please tell them The Worley Gig sent you.

A & G Merchandise is located at 111 North Sixth Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Get off at the Bedford Avenue Stop on the L Train.