Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums

Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums

Stephen T. Asma


The average historical past museum is a spot the place the road among "high" and "low" tradition successfully vanishes--where our awe of nature, our style for the unusual, and our thirst for wisdom all combination fortunately jointly. yet as Stephen Asma indicates in Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads, there's extra occurring in those nice associations than simply shrewdpermanent fun.
Asma takes us on a wide-ranging journey of ordinary heritage museums in big apple and Chicago, London and Paris, interviewing curators, scientists, and convey designers, and delivering a wealth of attention-grabbing observations. We find out how the 1st museums have been little greater than high-toned facet indicates, with such garish indicates because the pickled head of Peter the Great's lover. by contrast, contemporary museums are hot-beds of significant technological know-how, investment significant examine in such fields as anthropology and archaeology.
"Rich intimately, lucid rationalization, telling anecdotes, and engaging characters.... Asma has rendered a desirable and credible account of the way common historical past museums are conceived and offered. it is the type of publication that won't simply have interaction a large and numerous readership, however it should still, better of all, ship them flocking to work out how we glance at nature and ourselves in these extraordinary legacies of the interest cabinet."--The Boston Herald.

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