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I love museums

Enough said:

Behind the Scenes at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History

Among the treasures hidden from sight at Harvard’s Museum of Natural History are the world’s biggest egg, Stephen Jay Gould’s seashells and Vladimir Nabokov’s collection of butterfly genitalia.

So when the museum’s curator asked photographer Mark Sloan if he’d be interested in photographing the most unique specimens from their behind-the-scenes collection, Sloan was glad to oblige. In exchange, he got the tour of a lifetime.

The results were collected in the book The Rarest of the Rare, and a selection are now on display at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

Read the full story and see the left-out artifacts.

giant morpho butterfly
giant morpho butterfly


Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.