Department of Living Animals, Smithsonian Institution

Title

Department of Living Animals, Smithsonian Institution

Description

A bear, an eagle, badgers, and buffaloes comprised the original exhibition of the Department of Living Animals on the south side of the Smithsonian Institution Building. Opened to the public in 1887, the Department's live exhibits gave Smithsonian taxidermists an opportunity to observe the habits and positions of various animals and to use this knowledge in mounting collections and exhibitions. Under the direction of William Hornaday, the Department of Living Animals was the forerunner of the National Zoological Park, established by an Act of Congress in 1889 for "the advancement of science, the instruction and recreation of the people."

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archives. View original.

Date

1887

Coverage

Physical Description

The taxidermists' laboratory was located in a shed in the South Yard behind the Smithsonian Institution Building.

Description

A bear, an eagle, badgers, and buffaloes comprised the original exhibition of the Department of Living Animals on the south side of the Smithsonian Institution Building. Opened to the public in 1887, the Department's live exhibits gave Smithsonian taxidermists an opportunity to observe the habits and positions of various animals and to use this knowledge in mounting collections and exhibitions. Under the direction of William Hornaday, the Department of Living Animals was the forerunner of the National Zoological Park, established by an Act of Congress in 1889 for "the advancement of science, the instruction and recreation of the people."

Date

1887

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

Smithsonian Institution Archives. View original.