The Houston Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1909 – meaning that the curators of the Houston Museum of Natural Science have been collecting and preserving natural and cultural treasures for a hundred years now. For this yearlong series, our current curators have chosen one hundred exceptional objects from the Museum’s immense storehouse of specimens and artifacts—one for each year of our history. Check back here frequently to learn more about this diverse selection of behind-the-scenes curiosities—we will post the image and description of a new object every few days.
This description is from Dan, the museum’s curator of vertebrate zoology. He’s chosen a selection of objects that represent the most fascinating animals in the Museum’s collections, that we’ll be sharing here – and at 100.hmns.org– throughout the year.
The Dooley-Selden team led the first HMNS mounted expedition. In 1959, HMNS’ first Curator, Tom Dooley, was invited by Board Member Selden to collect specimens in the northern (Saharan) region of what was then Tanganyika (today Tanzania). The objective of the expedition was to collect specimens for exhibition at the museum. Nearly 100 specimens were collected, including a vast array of birds and ungulates (hoofed mammals), as well as a few carnivores and small mammals.
Range across seven biomes to explore the entire continent of Africa in the Evelyn and Herbert Frensley Hall of African Wildlife and Graham Family Presentation of Ecology and Conservation Biomes, a permanent exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.