Art, Science Converge In Museum Displays

Museum Artists Keep It Real

No guesswork is allowed in museum art: scientists review everything from the color and texture of the tree bark to the facial expression of the animals in dioramas. Go behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History with artist Steve Quinn to see what is involved in creating an exhibition.

Creating realistic and accurate museum exhibitions requires close collaboration between artists and scientists. Ira Flatow talks with exhibit designers about what is involved in recreating animals and environments that disappeared long ago.


Stephen Quinn,, senior projects manager, American Museum of Natural History, New York, N.Y.

John Gurche,, paleo-artist, Trumansburg, N.Y.

Rick Potts, paleoanthropologist, director of Human Origins Program, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.



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