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Dead Museum Animals: Natural order or cultural chaos?

Robin, Libby


When people think about 'traditional' museums, they often think first of natural history museums, founded in the nineteenth century at the height of a fashion for collecting. Thus the 'traditional museum display' is often regarded as a cabinet of specimens - dead animals or pressed plants - laid out to illustrate scientific principles. In some cases, it is enough for specimens to be 'curious', and therefore entertaining. Cabinets of curiosities have been important both in museums and in private...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: reCollections: Journal of the National Museum of Australia


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