Задкулисието на Смитсониън

Националният музей за естествена история (НМЕИ) е най-големият от 19-те музея на института Смитсониън, САЩ. В него се пази над 90% от “богатството” на института – повече от 126 млн. експоната на естествените науки и културни артефакти, които се съхраняват и излагат на площ голяма колкото 18 игрища за американски футбол, като публичните и изложбени пространства са 300 000 кв.м. Само за сравнение в нашия Нациоанален природонаучен музей екземплярите са по малко от 1,5 милиона.

Какво се крие в съкровищницата на музея ли? 30 милиона насекоми, внимателно забодени в малки кутийки, 4,5 милиона хербаризирани растения, всяко от което грижливо залепено за лист картон, 7 милиона риби в лабораторни съдове, 2 милиона културни артефакта, включително 400 000 снимки в Националния антропологически архив. Всяка година музеят отдава над 3.5 милиона експоната на други музеи и изложбени зали по света.

И всичкото това “богатство” се пази, проучва, анализира и се излага за широката публика от над 1000 музейни работника, учени, експерти, куратори.

Нека да надникнем зад кулисите на изложбените зали, където на площ от  1 100 000 кв.м. се съхраняват ценните екземпляри, а учени и специалисти извършват своите изследвания и разработват учебни програми.

Сезам, отвори се!

Birds collections from the Department of Vertebrate Zoology are displayed at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. In the foreground is Roxie Laybourne, a feather identification expert.

Anthropological collections are displayed in Pod 1 at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum Support Center in Suitland, Maryland.

Botanical collections are displayed at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Botany staff present are Dr. David Bruce Lellinger (left, front), Carol Kellof (right, middle), and Rusty Russell (left, back).

The Botany Department Herbarium at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, displaying algae specimens, including coraline algae, wet specimens and the usual herbarium sheets. Featured researchers:  Dr. James Norris (right, front), his research assistant Bob Sims (left, front), and associate researcher, Katie Norris (left, back).

A presentation of entomology specimens arranged within one aisle of the Entomology Department compactor collection cabinets at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.  Designed to illustrate the size and scope of the Entomology collection. May 9, 2006. Featured researchers:  Dr. David Furth, Collections Manager;  Dr. Ted Schultz, Research Entomologist;  Dr. Jonathan Coddington, Senior Scientist;  Patricia Gentili-Poole, Museum Technician.

The Department of Vertebrate Zoology's wet collections of fish specimens preserved in alcohol, located at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

Collections from the Department of Invertebrate Zoology are displayed at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Invertebrate Zoology Staff present: Paul Greenhall, Robert Hershler, Ellen Strong, Jerry Harasewych, and Linda Cole.

Mice from the Department of Vertebrate Zoology's mammals collections are displayed at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.

An assortment of mineral specimens from the Department of Mineral Sciences' collections are displayed in the storage vault known as the "Blue Room," at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. Mineral Sciences staff present are (left) Paul Pohwat, Collections Manager of Minerals, and (right) Russell Feather, Collections Manager of Gems.

A view of one part of the Paleontology collection in the Smithsonian Institution's National Musuem of Natural History, arranged by the addition of representative specimens from other parts of the three floors of fossils in the East Wing. Staff: Dr. Scott Wing, Chairman of the Department of Paleontology.

Anthropological collections on display in Pod 4 (designed to house oversized objects) at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum Support Center (MSC), located in Suitland, Maryland. Anthropology collections staff present. Panoramic image #7 of 7 at 26mm focal length.

Whale skeletons from the Department of Vertebrate Zoology's marine mammals collections are displayed in storage at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum Support Center (MSC), located in Suitland, Maryland.

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