Curator Talk: Freeze-drying, Formalin, and Flesh-eating Beetles – How Museums Prepare and Preserve Specimens 
May. 04 2023
Ohio History Center 800 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH, USA Open in Google Map
2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Adult - $16 Senior (60+) - $14 Student (with ID) - $14 Child (4-12) - $10 Child (3 & under) - Free Ohio History Connection Member - Free

Included with museum admission.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look into the lab of a natural history museum to reveal how specimens are preserved and prepared. Learn how curators create beautiful animal skeletons and engaging taxidermy mounts, discover how delicate flowers and fungi specimens are preserved, and what exactly is in those jars of preserved specimens!? Includes a display of museum specimens and materials used in preparation.

Speaker for this program:

David Dyer is a Natural History Curator at the Ohio History Connection. He has degree in Zoology from Ohio State and a Master’s in Museum Studies and Vertebrate Paleontology from the University of Nebraska. He has worked at several natural history museums, and has developed an expertise in the identification and interpretation of animal skeletal remains. For 10 years he taught an upper-level university course at the University of Montana on identifying animal remains from archaeological sites and from wildlife forensic contexts.

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