April is taxidermy and diorama month. At first glance difficult to make a connection to lichens. But only at first glance. Of course the best example of lichen dioramas is our very own lichen exhibit, and especially its center piece: the now famous car door. It nicely shows how an old piece of "junk", specifically the driver door of a classic Ford Bronco, can come to shine in new light. Whereas a lichen-covered car is already a spectacular sight, our exhibit team did a fabulous job in setting up said door in a case illuminated with UV, making it look like a precious jewel. Read more about Old, lichen-covered car door displayed like a precious jewel
Traveling exhibits pose a challenge for museums, especially when particularly fragile objects such as mummies are involved. We want to share our objects and what we’ve found out about them with people outside the museum, but transporting the objects to other museums involves all kinds for risks – traffic accidents, malfunctioning forklifts, road vibration, and freezing winters to name just a few. Read more about Introduction to the Conservation of "Mummies: Images of the Afterlife"
Ever wonder how the Field Museum comes up with new and exciting exhibitions every year? The beast of exhibit design is alive and humming within the museum every day, just a couple stories above the unsuspecting public. One of our most recent developments, The Machine Inside: Biomechanics provides an excellent example of how the Field stays at the cutting edge of visitor experience. To elucidate the process, we’ll focus in on one key element of the show. Read more about Heat Temperature Theater