Yesterday, though the blog of Sub-Studio Design, I discovered this magnificent archive of exhibition preparation photographs from the American Museum of Natural History. Ranging from shots of staff moving the skelton of a brontasaurus (see Charles H. Coles’ 1938 photograph above) to preparing bird mounts, the material gives behind the scenes access to many elements of exhibition design.

While the images themselves are arresting, I’m posting because they also offer a rare look at life inside of a museum. Conservation and preparation are often out of the scope of interest for many museum goers. The archive is well worth exploring.

I’ve selected a few choice images. Please find these after the jump.

curated mag - Exhibition Preparation

curated mag - Exhibition Preparation

curated mag - Exhibition Preparation