A recent after hours lecture at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science yielded a bit more than stuffed animals. The world class dioramas include a bit of whimsey by one artist.
Usually painters sign their work with their name but Kent R. Pendleton, one of the diorama artists, painted elves (some argue they are leprechauns) into his work. The Museum staff know visitors with binoculars usually mean one thing: elf hunt!
Interested in learning more about the role and history of nature and science museums in the United States?
The following books will get you started!
- Stuffed Animals & Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums
- Museums and the American Intellectual Life, 1876-1926
- Denver Museum of Nature & Science: The Official Guide
- Crossroads of Culture: Anthropology Collections at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
- Ancient Denvers: Scenes From the Past 300 Million Years of the Colorado Front Range
- The Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind the Treasures of the Harvard Museum of Natural History
If you dislike the school trip environment during the day, explore the after hours adult programming series at the Museum. Also, check out the Zoology department offerings and this upcoming lecture: An Evening in the Museum's Ornithology Collection on Thursday, October 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Andrew Doll at 303-370-8387 or Andrew.Doll@dmns.org for more information. And don't forget to ask about the field trip to the Barr Lake Branding Station later that weekend!