Remaking True-to-Life Snow in the Lynx Diorama

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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, now on and on the Museum's YouTube channel, documents their renovation.

In this post, the third in a series, we share one of the videos, which explores how Museum artists re-built the "snow" in the foreground of various dioramas including the Canada Lynx and Varying Hare diorama.

Canada Lynx and Varying Hare

Canada Lynx and Varying Hare diorama, in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals

© AMNH/D. Finnin

What creates the "glimmer" or "bling" in the diorama's snow? Find out the answer in the video, as Museum artist Joianne Bittle Knight explains the painstaking process of recreating freshly fallen snow.

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

Visit the fully restored Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, now open.

To watch the full video series, visit