Where do they keep it all?

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compilation / history / life / nature

The National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. has a massive collection of reference materials. Insects, whale bones, plants, exotic birds, fossils, anthropological items; countless secret treasures carefully cared for and stored out of sight by the experts, so we can have a better understanding of our planet.

Anthropology Collections, Smithsonian Institution's Museum Support Center

Anthropological collections

Entomology Collections, National Museum of Natural History

A presentation of entomology specimens arranged within one aisle of the Entomology Department compactor collection cabinets.

The Mineral Sciences' "Blue Room," 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.

Fish Collections in Alcohol, National Museum of Natural History

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.

Paleobiology Collections, National Museum of Natural History

A view of one part of the Paleontology collection.

Botany Algae Collection, National Museum of Natural History

The Botany Department Herbarium displaying algae specimens, including coraline algae, wet specimens and the usual herbarium sheets.

Invertebrate Zoology Collections, National Museum of Natural History

Collections from the Department of Invertebrate Zoology.

backroom-storage-at-the-smithsonian-natural-history-museum-designboom-01Photos by Chip Clark

(via: designboom.com)

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2 Comments

  1. pdlyons says

    a rather bizarre ark of sorts. there’s a story here. after the final Apocalypse, many years later extraterrestrial beings visit this planet. they unearth the well protected vaults and are amazed by what they find…

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