The Art of Taxidermy: Insect preservation


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Friday 14 January 2022 | 10am - 4pm
Drop and leave program


$90 per participant


Recommended for children aged 13 to 16 years old

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Explore the fascinating world of taxidermy and be part of a new generation leading a resurgence of this centuries-old craft!

The practice of taxidermy began in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries as a means of preserving specimens collected by world-travelling explorers. Often, these specimens would become part of a rich collector’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’, bringing a dash of wonder and mystery to viewers who knew nothing of the far reaches of the world.

Create your own dash of wonder with our local expert as they guide you through the processes of rehydration, pinning and mounting techniques for insects, before creating your own stick insect taxidermy specimen.

During this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how to rehydrate, pin and mount specimens
  • Leave with two pinned specimens
  • Successfully taxidermy a stick insect

The following items will be provided:

  • Pins
  • Polystyrene mounts
  • Tools
  • Safety glasses
  • Protective aprons
  • Latex free gloves

Previous entomology or insect knowledge not required!


Drop and leave programs

Drop and leave programs enable juniors to experience the Museum independently, discover and learn something new in an area of interest and access materials and resources that would not normally be available at home. All programs are managed and monitored by our experienced Learning and Engagement staff.


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