Behind the Scenes of Mammoths and Mastodons
As an exhibit designer and project manager at the Missouri History Museum, I have the opportunity to do a lot of cool things in my job. November 18, 2011, was an especially memorable day at the Missouri History Museum, as we welcomed two new members to the staff—a Columbian mammoth and a short-faced bear. Both of them now grace our entrance area and Grand Hall, welcoming visitors to MHM, creating excitement about our newest exhibition—Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age—and helping us to learn more about these magnificent creatures.
While supervising the staff responsible for these two animals’ construction, I busily snapped pictures to share with visitors like you. When I first saw the animals, some of my questions were, “How do you get those into the museum?” and “How are those built?” Since I had these questions, I thought you might wonder about them too. Join me as I take you through a photo essay of the animals’ construction at MHM. (Click on each image to see the caption.)
—Diane Riley, Exhibit Designer