Mermaids, Mummies, and Mastodons
"The Emergence of the American Museum"
A "Feejee mermaid," the skeletal remains of a "wooly mammoth," and a "cabinet of learned turkies which will dance to music," were attractions at Baltimore’s Peale Museum in the early 1800s. As the nation’s first museum directors, Charles Wilson Peale, and his sons Rembrandt and Rubens, laid the foundation of the modern American museum.
Published with the generous financial support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities
1992, William T. Alderson, 104pp. Available in hardcover or paperback