Natural History Dioramas – Traditional Exhibits for Current Educational Themes

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • Annette Scheersoi
  • Sue Dale Tunnicliffe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Annette Scheersoi, Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
    Pages 1-6
  3. Reaching Different Types of Audiences Through Dioramas

  4. Problematic Aspects of Dioramas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Luanne Meehitiya, Dawn Sanders, Jill Hohenstein
      Pages 97-112
  5. Connecting People with the Natural World Through Dioramas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Annette Scheersoi, Lara Weiser
      Pages 163-174
    3. Keith Dunmall
      Pages 175-183
    4. Martha Marandino, Juliana Bueno, Marianne Achiam, Carolina Laurini
      Pages 185-200

About this book


This book focuses on socio-cultural issues and the potential of using dioramas in museums to engage various audiences with – and in – contemporary debates and big issues, which society and the natural environment are facing, such as biodiversity loss.

From the early 1900s, with the passage of time and changes in cultural norms in societies, this genre of exhibits evolved in response to the changes in entertainment, expectations and expressed needs of museum visitors. The challenge has always been to provide meaningful, relevant experiences to visitors, and this is still the aim today. Dioramas are also increasingly valued as learning tools. Contributions in this book specifically focus on their educational potential. In practice, dioramas are used by a wide range of educational practitioners to assist learners in developing and understanding specific concepts, such as climate change, evolution or conservation issues. In this learning process, dioramas not only contribute to scientific understanding and cultural awareness, but also reconnect wide audiences to the natural world and thereby contribute to the well-being of societies.

In the simultaneously published book: “Natural History Dioramas – Traditional Exhibits for Current Educational Themes, Science Educational Aspects" the editors discuss the history of dioramas and their building and science learning aspects, as well as current developments and their place in the visitor experience. 


natural history dioramas public understanding of science visitor experience visitor response taxidermy biodiversity learning opportunity museum education science education cultural learning

Editors and affiliations

  • Annette Scheersoi
    • 1
  • Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.University College London (UCL)Institute of EducationLondonUK

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