University of Kansas museum marks anniversary for panorama

The exhibit debuted at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893

July 02, 2018 - 5:23 am

The University of Kansas Natural History Museum is celebrating the 125th anniversary of a panorama with special exhibits and programs.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the wildlife panorama includes a painted backdrop and 121 taxidermy animals native to North America. Louis Lindsay Dyche unveiled the exhibit in 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair.

Leonard Krishtalka is director of the university's Biodiversity Institute. He says the diorama gave visitors an immersive experience of America's wilderness and highlighted the importance of preservation and stewardship.

The museum's new exhibit includes artifacts and photographs from Dyche's career. The museum also plans panorama-themed events.

Krishtalka says the museum hopes to restore the panorama to its original condition. A 2014 assessment estimates it would cost $500,000 to repair deterioration caused by changing temperatures, light and humidity.

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