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Habitat Dioramas: Early Tools for Wildlife Conservation

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The dioramas in the Jill and Lewis Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals have always been splendid, but after more than a year of painstaking restoration, they look better than ever. A multi-video series documents their renovation.

Imagine a world without computers or smartphones, television—or even color photography. Now, imagine seeing one of the Museum's habitat dioramas, such as the Alaska brown bear diorama, in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals.

Close up Alaska Brown Bear diorama

Close up of Alaska Brown Bear diorama, in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals

© AMNH/D. Finnin

Would they inspire you to be more environmentally aware? That was one objective of the creators of the original dioramas at the Museum; learn more in this video.

For more images of the hall’s celebrated dioramas, behind-the-scenes videos, archival photos, and more, download the official app, for iOS or Android.

To watch the full video series, visit

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