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Museum Exhibits

A list of museums that feature bird exhibits.

INTERNATIONAL 

The Australian Museum
6 College Street Sydney, NSW 2010 Australia
(+612) 9320 6000
www.amonline.net.au

Bird Exhibition: Permanent Exhibit

The Bird Exhibition features a bird gallery of native bird species and includes a general introduction about the birds arranged in families. Visitors can listen to the different bird sounds, look at fossils, and learn about the biology of birds. At the Bird Activity Station, guests can touch bird specimens to learn the different characteristics of each species.

ALASKA

Pratt Museum
3779 Bartlett Street, Homer 99603
(907) 235-8635
www.prattmuseum.org

SeeBirdCam: Alaskan Seabirds on Gull Island in Kachemak Bay: Interactive Exhibit

Visitors can control the remote camera, located in the Marine Gallery, to view a live feed of eight bird species nesting on Gull Island between the months of May and September. Some of the seabird species include kittiwakes, puffins and gulls.  The live feed is available through the online exhibit “Wild Video Cameras” on the Pratt Museum web site. 

CALIFORNIA

Museum of Craft and Folk Art
51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, 94103
(415) 227-4888
www.mocfa.org

The Art of Gaman: Exhibit runs November 2, 2006 – February 25, 2007
The exhibition is based on the book The Art of Gaman by Delphine Hirasuna. Visitors will see arts and crafts, including original crafted bird pins, made by Japanese Americans in the U.S. internment camps during World War II. This is the first time some of these items have been publicly displayed.

San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands 92374
(909) 307-2669
http://www.co.san-bernardino.ca.us/museum/

Bird Galleries: Permanent Exhibits
The upper level of the museum is occupied by the Water Bird and Land Bird galleries. The exhibits feature a variety of North American bird species and bird nests and eggs from Baja California, Mexico up through the coasts of Alaska. Visitors will be able to identify bird species through habitats and listen to bird songs through interactive exhibits.

COLORADO 

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science
2001 Colorado Blvd. Denver, 80205
(303) 322-7009
www.dmns.org

Bird Galleries: Permanent Exhibits
Visitors can see exotic birds from the north and south Americas and learn about the preservation of their natural habitats in the Birds of the Americas exhibit. The Northern and Rare Birds exhibit features the migrating nesting colonies of birds off the Alaskan coastlines, and extinct or endangered bird species including passenger pigeons and the California condor.
 
The Laughing Parrot Gallery
239 E. 4th Street, Loveland, 80537
(970) 278-0233
www.companionparrot.com

John Brasaemele’s Avian watercolors: Exhibit runs August 11 2006 – September 16th 2006
The exhibit features many of John Brasaemele’s works featuring birds. Visitors will see works by other bird-artists from around the world and educational displays that feature many bird species.

KANSAS

Sternberg Museum of Natural History
3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, 67601
(877) 332-1165
www.fhsu.edu/sternberg/

Bird Exhibits: Permanent Exhibits
The Birds with a Bite exhibit features fossils of bird species that were common in Kansas during the Cretaceous period. Visitors can walk through the diorama that shows the birds as they would have appeared in life. Fossilized eggs and bird track specimens are on display in the Exploring Earth Sciences gallery.

MARYLAND

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art
909 South Schumaker Drive, Salisbury, 21804
(410) 742-4988
www.wardmuseum.org

Bird Galleries: Permanent Exhibits
The Ward Museum features over 3,000 displays of wildfowl art. Visitors will see wildfowl environments in the Habitat Theatre, decorative wood sculptures, paintings and hand crafted decoys. The Art Lamay and Welcome galleries feature changing exhibits, classes and workshops all year long.
 
MASSACHUSETTES

Museum of Science
Science Park, Boston, 02114
(617) 723-2500
www.mos.org

A Bird’s World: Permanent Exhibit

Visitors will learn how to identify birds by song and flight patterns at the A Bird’s World exhibit. It features interactive activity centers that allow guests to solve mysteries by identifying birds through feathers and footprints, attend a live bird presentation, and observe bird habitats.

MINNESOTA

The Bell Museum
University of Minnesota campus
10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, 55455
(612) 624-7983
www.bellmuseum.org

Bird Dioramas: Permanent Exhibits
Visitors will see dioramas featuring birds in their natural habitats from Minnesota and from around the world. The exhibits show facts on the bird species behavior and survival tactics. The museum also hosts birding events including field trips and the annual Minnesota Ornithologists Union Conference.

MONTANA

Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum
University of Montana campus
Missoula, 59812
(406) 243-4743
http://zoologicalmuseum.dbs.umt.edu

An Ornithological Perspective: Aug 2006 – December 2007
The exhibit features a selection of different bird specimens from around the local Montana area to China. Visitors will see a collection of nests, eggs, skeletons and mounts. The exhibit features different collections of preservation methods that are used in Ornithological research.

NORTH CAROLINA

The Schiele – Museum of Natural History
1500 East Garrison Blvd., Gastonia, 28054
(704) 866-6909
www.schielemuseum.org

BIRDS!: April – December 31, 2006
The BIRDS! exhibit takes a look at adaptations in birds and the link between dinosaurs and birds. Guests can view feathers and discover how birds fly in “Dr. Bird Brain’s Laboratory” and search for nests in “The Nesting Place.” The exhibit includes an aviary where visitors can interact with live birds.

NEW YORK

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, 10024
(212) 496-3409
www.amnh.org

Bird Halls: Permanent Exhibits

This museum dedicates several halls to understanding avian species from around the world. View dioramas in the Whitney Memorial Hall of Oceanic Birds and discover the birds and the diverse habitats that they live in from the Pacific and Southern polar oceans, or learn which birds are New York City natives.

Museum of the Earth
1259 Trumansburg Road (route 96), Ithaca, 14850
(607) 273-6623
www.museumoftheearth.org

Bird exhibits: Permanent Exhibits
Visitors can view about 20 bird species from around New York state in the Evolution Process exhibit. The Biodiversity and Extinction exhibit features bird specimens that are extinct or endangered. Bird species in this exhibit include a Carolina parakeet and a passenger pigeon. Visitors can see two Archaeopteryx casts and flip through a book on the discovery of Archaeopteryx fossils and learn about the evolutionary history of birds in the Jurassic, Cretaceous, and Tertiary Periods Audio Visual gallery.

OKLAHOMA

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
University of Oklahoma campus
2401 Chautauqua Avenue, Norman, 73072
(405) 325-4712
www.snomnh.ou.edu

Natural Wonders gallery: Permanent Exhibit
The exhibit features dioramas of Oklahoma birds in their natural habitats. Visitors can hear bird songs in the Ozark highland diorama and walk through the mixed-grass prairie diorama searching for wildlife.

PENNSYLVANIA

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213
(412) 622-3131
www.carnegiemnh.org

Section of Birds: Permanent Exhibit
The exhibit features 195,000 bird specimens, including 180 extinct bird species. Visitors can hear bird songs in the Discovery Room, and explore avian research and examine habitats through interactive exhibit features in the Powdermill Nature Reserve.

The North Museum of Natural History and Science
400 College Avenue, Lancaster, 17603
(717) 291-3941
www.northmuseum.org

Bird exhibits: Permanent Exhibits
The exhibit features a collection of over 1,200 bird species including the endangered ivorybill woodpecker and Andean condor. Through May 2007, visitors can see some of the bird species in their natural habitat of the lower Susquehanna River in a temporary exhibit called Scenic Susquehanna.

WISCONSIN

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
700 N. 12th Street, Wausau, 54403
(715) 845-7010
www.lywam.org

Birds in Art: Annual Traveling Exhibit (CA, CO, IA, LA, NY)
This yearly exhibit features 125 works of avian art and a sculpture garden. In honor of the Museum’s 30th anniversary modern drawings that are donated from artists that have contributed to the exhibit. Check out “The Wyeths: An Artistic Trilogy” that features three paintings of birds from Wyeth family members. It will remain on display through November 26, 2006.
 
The 2005 Birds in Art exhibition is still on tour and can be viewed at;

Through November 19, 2006
Putnam Museum, Davenport, Iowa
(563) 324-1054
www.putnam.org

December 8, 2006 – February 7, 2007
Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, New York
(607) 734-3697
www.arnotartmuseum.orgA

fter November 12, 2006, the 2006 Birds in Art exhibit leaves Wisconsin and will tour other museums across the nation. The tour can be viewed at:

November 29, 2006 – January 28, 2007
The Wildlife Experience, Parker, Colorado
(720) 488-3300
www.thewildlifeexperience.org

February 24, 2007 – May 5, 2007
Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, California
(925) 935-1978
www.wildlife-museum.org

May 29, 2007 – July 22, 2007
R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, Louisiana
(318) 865-4201
www.rwnaf.org

 

 


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I wish that St. Louis, MO would have a bird museum, I woulod love to see the extinct doo doo bird.
Cindy, St. Louis, MO
Posted: 8/24/2012 11:32:17 AM
Do you have a more up to date list?
Lynora, Janesville, WI
Posted: 4/30/2011 9:44:29 AM
What a great list.
Dan, Sandy Valley, NV
Posted: 11/11/2010 11:12:03 PM
This is a great list. Thanks
Wendy, Tempe, AZ
Posted: 12/9/2009 12:11:11 PM
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