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Creatures of Light: Inside the Exhibition Studio

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Published on Apr 5, 2012

Months before the opening of Creatures of Light on March 31, a team of preparators at the American Museum of Natural History began developing custom models of glowing organisms that light up the exhibition. Director of Exhibition Design Michael Meister and other members of the Exhibition Department share how they conduct visual research for these unique models, work with curators to make them scientifically accurate, and meet the various lighting challenges of creating an exhibition about bioluminescence.

Creatures of Light (March 31, 2012 - January 6, 2013) introduces visitors to the astonishing variety of bioluminescent organisms and explores the various ways they glow, the functions of bioluminescence, and how scientists study this remarkable characteristic.

The exhibition unfolds through a series of immersive environments, beginning in a forest of bioluminescent mushrooms and taking visitors through a meadow filled with fireflies, a bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico, coral reefs, and the deep sea to highlight the ways in which different animals use bioluminescence to attract mates and prey, and to threaten predators. Along the way, see live flashlight fish and special equipment, including a scale model of a deep-sea submersible.

To learn more about the exhibition, visit amnh.org

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence is organized by the
American Museum of Natural History, New York,
in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada,
and The Field Museum, Chicago.

Generous support for Creatures of Light has been provided by
the Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund.

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