My name is Ben, and I’m an exhibition developer in the Chicago area. This blog is a space for my personal explorations into the historic and aesthetic dimensions of natural history museums, especially the cultural and scientific legacies of mounted dinosaur skeletons. Please direct questions to extinctmonsters (at) gmail.
What’s with extinct monsters? This was the evocative title of the first incarnation of the National Museum of Natural History’s fossil halls (1911-1963). I find it charming, and am cheerfully borrowing it.
Why’s it so quiet lately? Sadly, demands of the real world have prevented me from writing new posts as often as I used to. I post museum and fossil photos regularly on Twitter, however. You can find me at @bhmllr.
Can I use your photos? Photos of public museum galleries taken by me (identified as “photo by the author”) are shared under a CC BY-NC license. No need to ask permission, but I love to hear where my photos are being used.
Disclaimer: Views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone, and do not reflect the museums and other institutions where I have worked, studied or volunteered.