Born in Boston 308 years ago today, Benjamin Franklin—the printer from Philadelphia best known as an inventor and statesman—was also an avid amateur scientist.
Throughout the 20th century, artists specializing in birds traveled to the the field, where they were able to capture precisely the animals' colors and movements for the background paintings of the Museum’s dioramas.
An owl with clear eyes swooping through the forest; a snake threatening with mouth agape—some moments were made to be seen on the 3D theater screen. And starting tomorrow, viewers can take them in at the Museum’s LeFrak Theater, presenting Mysteries of the Unseen World, which is tailor-made for the occasion.
We've made the Museum's entire website easier to use for those visitors who come to us online on a smartphone or tablet. (About 40 percent do.)