Natural History Dioramas – Traditional Exhibits for Current Educational Themes

Science Educational Aspects

  • Annette Scheersoi
  • Sue Dale Tunnicliffe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Annette Scheersoi, Sue Dale Tunnicliffe
    Pages 1-8
  3. Dioramas as Witnesses of the Past and Evidence of Change

  4. Theoretical Aspects of Learning with Dioramas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Alexandra Moormann, Charlène Bélanger
      Pages 101-112
    3. Michael May, Marianne Achiam
      Pages 113-122
    4. Edward Mifsud
      Pages 123-136
  5. Science Learning Activities Involving Dioramas

About this book


This book presents 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. 

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 include historical and theoretical aspects of learning with natural history dioramas as well as chapters on science learning activities with dioramas. In practice, dioramas are used by a wide range of educational practitioners to assist learners in developing and understanding specific science concepts. 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, Socio-cultural Aspects” the editors focus on socio-cultural issues and the potential of using dioramas to engage various audiences with – and in – contemporary debates and big issues, which society and the natural environment are facing.


natural history museums exhibit design visitor experience informal science education taxidermy learning science understanding natural history scientific models 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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