Epic Encounter: Giant Squid and Sperm Whale

In what is one of the most dramatic dioramas in the Museum, a giant squid is caught in the sperm whale’s mouth, its tentacles grasping at the whale’s head, which is actually an oversized snout. Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephulus) interpret reflections of sounds generated by this uniquely shaped snout, employing a… » 6/05/13 1:52pm 6/05/13 1:52pm

When they're off duty, these natural history museum exhibits find…

Photographer Klaus Pichler gained access behind the scenes of the Museum of Natural History in Vienna and captured the exhibits while they aren't on display. What he found were striking and often amusing views of sharks out of water, unexpected collections of cobras, and prehistoric humans stored alongside classical… » 2/03/13 7:30am 2/03/13 7:30am

Natural History Museum Stuffs Animals for Climate Change

How can the American Museum of Natural History convey the looming threat of climate change with its new exhibition on the subject? By using the hard-hitting power of dioramas for all they're worth. This stuffed tableau of a polar bear walking through some trash is the museum version of the Communist Manifesto or the… » 10/20/08 8:00am 10/20/08 8:00am

Tate Modern Exhibit Imagines London’s Apocalyptic End

Step into Turbine Hall in London's Tate Modern and you are immediately greeted by the sound of pounding rain and a giant spider looming over rows of cage-like dormitory beds. It's all part of “TH.2058” Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s new interactive installation, an apocalyptic vision set 50 years in the future. In this… » 10/13/08 2:00pm 10/13/08 2:00pm

California Academy of Sciences Reopens in an Orgy of Ecotechture

Over the weekend, the newly-revamped ecotechtural marvel known as the California Academy of Sciences opened its doors to the general public in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Packed with new, high-tech exhibits and massive tanks showing off slices of the coastal ecosystem, the museum is a monument to… » 9/29/08 7:00am 9/29/08 7:00am