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Theresa took these pictures while we visited the Field Museum. Our first stop was in the lobby, Sue's old location. She's been moved upstairs but Maximo the titanosaur was being assembled in her place. Being museum people, we naturally focused on the workers off to one side, working with the not-yet-assembled fossils. 

Given the Field Museum's age, it has collections that stretch back into periods when museum collecting was done to different standards, so they had on display an entire mastaba whuch had been removed from Egypt over 100 years ago. They acknowledged changing museum practices at one point when they marked a location which had been defaced by English tourists in the 1800s, adding a layer of history to the tomb which recorded and memorialized the visits but had been removed by early conservators during their restoration. Today such graffiti would have been preserved.

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We visited the taxidermy because this was the first natural history visit we'd been on since Chris read a book about the history of such museums' practices and trends. The dioramas were once a revolution in museum practice, taking natural history museums from library-like sanctuaries of learning to more open institutions. All of the taxidermy present was quite old, included a few species holotypes, but there was a new hyena diorama which had been crowdfunded--it utilized old specimens but built a new enclosure, painted a new background, etc.

The museum was in an art deco structure that led to the great chandelier picture above that Theresa took.

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