Free Access Learning with Museum Collections in an Animal Resource Center

September 1st, 1989 - May 31st, 1992 | PROJECT

The Field Museum of Natural History proposes to design and construct an Animal Resource Center of 24,000 square feet in the context of its encompassing larger exhibit, "Diversity and Survival in the Animal Kingdom." The Center will capitalize on the museum synoptic collections of animal mounts and models and will interpret these irreplaceable specimens in ways that will introduce central biological themes in ecology and evolution. The exhibit conjunctively will use a wide variety of learning techniques to appeal to the varied audience. The museum anticipates that the exhibit will serve fifteen million visitors over the next twenty years and that it may serve as a cost-effective model for other natural-science museums.

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Team Members

Michael Spock, Principal Investigator, Field Museum of Natural History
Debra Moskovits, Co-Principal Investigator, Field Museum of Natural History
Barbara Becker, Co-Principal Investigator, Field Museum of Natural History


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 8954698
Funding Amount: 1198196


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Ecology | forestry | agriculture | Life science
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Exhibitions | Museum and Science Center Exhibits