This follows up on my recent post on Oceanic Art. I remembered some old photographs of the Peabody Museum in Salem, Massachusetts that are in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Collection (PPOC). Here's a photo (taken c. 1910) of the exterior of the East India Marine Hall (constructed 1824) which houses the museum:
Marine Hall, exactly as I remember it. And here's an older view. . . note the cobblestone pavement and the obtrusive telegraph poles.
Here's an interior shot of their bird exhibits, also featuring the awesome skeleton of a whale:
There was also a big diorama behind glass featuring birds in a facsimile of their natural habitat. All the species were listed on a panel and when you pressed a button a recording of the selected bird's call played while a spot light simultaneously illuminated the bird in the display.
This is the second story of the museum. The room was so big and open that you really had to restrain yourself (or be restrained by an adult) from running! Lots of detailed ship models to see, plus some brightly painted ships figureheads. In front of the arched windows to the rear are two giant sponge plants; Neptune's Cups I think they are called. To the rear left is the doorway leading to the Japanese, South Pacific and African collections. Here's the room of Japanese Artifacts:
And here's my favorite, the room of South Pacific and African artifacts:
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