Our doors are closed until Saturday, January 25, while we update exhibits and refresh our display cases. This work involves replacing outdated interpretation and repainting exhibit areas.
We’re focusing on a large exhibit wall that has held bird mounts from Australia, New Zealand, parts of Asia and South America. New displays will include many of the birds that have been on display here, as well as mammals and insects from our stored collections! We’re eager to add new dimensions to these cases by including artifacts you haven’t seen before.
Upstairs, in our balcony gallery, an original exhibit of photography gives you x-ray vision. Inside Out: Hidden Art in Natural History Collections lets you peek inside objects that our eyes can only see from the surface. We worked with Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital to produce x-ray images of some of our oldest and most mysterious objects, including historic mounts, shells, and objects preserved in formaldehyde. Then we combined these images with photographs of the objects as they have been mounted. By creating lenticular prints, we’ve given these images fresh meaning, allowing you to see beneath the surface.
And that’s not all! We’re also at work in our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium! We’ll tilt the dome to accommodate more guests and better viewing of the cosmos.
Can we really get it all done before the 25th? Not without your support! Join us for an opening celebration with gallery tours and light refreshments on Saturday, February 1, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.