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Underground Adventure - Field Museum of Natural History
« on: July 14, 2018, 05:33:46 PM »
I was in Chicago these last few days and visited the Field Museum of Natural History. They have this amazing exhibit called 'Underground Adventure'. You walk through a couple rooms, reminiscent of something from Dr. Who, what 'shrinks' you down to 1/100th of your normal size. You then walk through an underground tunnel inhabited by subterranean soil organisms. I snapped a few pics. I wish I knew what happened to these displays when finished; I'd love to have some of these replicas in my collection :). The larger ones (centipede, wolf spider, earwig, crayfish) were often animatronic.

Sorry, lighting was not very good (since it was supposed to be underground):

first up, a scarab beetle larva:



next some cool springtails. sorry about the lack of focus in this image; hadn't realized until I was back home. Would love to get a few of these when the exhibit is over:



part of an earthworm:



a centipede (this was was at a tricky angle to photograph):



a cool earwig, guarding her eggs and young:



a couple cicada exuviae (I think these were intended for kids to sit on and get their pictures taken on...):



a huge crayfish:



a neat oribatoid mite (again, would love to get one of these!):



a wolf spider munching on a beetle grub:





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Re: Underground Adventure - Field Museum of Natural History
« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2018, 05:45:48 PM »
Spectacular models.  I'm working on an interpretation plan for the natural history museum where I work so this is quite inspiring. Any idea who created the models? Presumably they were built in house or commissioned.

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Re: Underground Adventure - Field Museum of Natural History
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2018, 01:49:01 PM »
Spectacular models.  I'm working on an interpretation plan for the natural history museum where I work so this is quite inspiring. Any idea who created the models? Presumably they were built in house or commissioned.

I do not know who made the above models of course. But are you familiar with  Lorenzo Possenti.
Check out his website (bit old ;-)) Amazingly detailed beetles and other invertebrates.
http://www.ecofauna.com/
« Last Edit: July 19, 2018, 01:53:09 PM by Beetle guy »
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Re: Underground Adventure - Field Museum of Natural History
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2018, 08:50:13 PM »
Spectacular models.  I'm working on an interpretation plan for the natural history museum where I work so this is quite inspiring. Any idea who created the models? Presumably they were built in house or commissioned.

I do not know who made the above models of course. But are you familiar with  Lorenzo Possenti.
Check out his website (bit old ;-)) Amazingly detailed beetles and other invertebrates.
http://www.ecofauna.com/

Thanks for the link! They look amazing.

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Re: Underground Adventure - Field Museum of Natural History
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2018, 05:00:16 PM »
@blaine, Looks like a great exposition!
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