Introduction: Natural History Dioramas and Science Educational Aspects

  • Annette ScheersoiEmail author
  • Sue Dale Tunnicliffe


Dioramas are an established form of exhibit in museums. From the early 1900s, with the passage of time and changes in cultural norms in societies, natural history dioramas 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. In this learning process, dioramas not only contribute to scientific understanding and cultural awareness, but also reconnect wide audiences to the natural world. This chapter is the introduction to an edited book presenting the history of natural history dioramas in museums, their building and science learning aspects, as well as current developments and their place in the visitor experience.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.University College London (UCL), Institute of EducationLondonUK

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