"My Favorite Museum Exhibit": Where exhibits come from

Earlier this week, I challenged readers to send me photos of their favorite museum exhibits and specimens, preferably from museums that might go overlooked in the tourism pantheon. Over the next few days, I'll be posting some of these submissions, under the heading, "My Favorite Museum Exhibit". Want to see them all? Check the "Previously" links at the bottom of this post.

This is actually a behind-the-scenes thing, submitted by Larry Clark, an editor at Washington State University's magazine. Clark made some videos about how curators at WSU’s Conner Museum prepare specimens for display.

In this video, curator Kelly Cassidy prepares a screech owl specimen. It is worth noting that this process involves flesh-eating beetles. Yes. Really.

Previously in this series:

"My Favorite Museum Exhibit": Two nuclear bombs, slightly dented



  1. Damn. I didn’t see the request, but I don’t have pictures from one of the best museums I’ve visited… the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. It’s all medical oddities. In fact, I think I first learned about it on Boing Boing. :)

  2. I was talking once to my brother about my school’s dermestid colony and he didn’t believe that such a thing existed.  It turns out he misheard me, and he thought I was claiming we had a colony of dermestid beagles, apparently specially bred to gnaw very carefully.

  3. Dermestids are cool…you can hear them eating!

    A museum I used to work in had the following signs in the zoology wet lab…

    “Carrion Crew”

    “Trespassers will be Skeletonized!”

    Good times…

  4. At one time there were a couple of actual shrunken heads at the Chicago Museum of Natural History, I don’t know what ever happened to them?

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