Taxidermical Preparation

The field of zoological taxidermy extends from insects to the large-scale dermoplasty of mammals. It also includes the production of fish and amphibian molds. First, a mold of the specimen is made using silicone rubber. In a next step, this negative mold is filled with plastic, resulting in a positive model of the object. Finally, the model is colorized — a particularly demanding job for the taxidermist. PEG conservation is another interesting preparation technique involving the substitution of the specimen’s cell water with polyethylene glycol under a vacuum. The tissue remains permanently fixed, reducing shrinkage to a minimum and lending the finished preparation a more vital appearance. This method is frequently used with invertebrates, reptiles, and smaller mammals. The restoration and new treatment of old preparations is also an important part of the taxidermist’s work. Many of the old preparations of animal specimens were not anatomically correct or are so battered by time that they are no longer fit for display.

Animals for eternity

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Animals for eternity

Joseph Burger, a student of Friedrich Kerz and one of the foremost taxidermists of his time, served as taxidermist at Museum Wiesbaden in the 1920s and 1930s. Burger’s superior quality preparations are still worthy of display to this day. At that time, the workspace in the museum was nearly 500 sq. meters just under the roof, including a roomy atelier.

Taxidermical Preparation at Museum Wiesbaden

Preparation of honeypot ants

Photos: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert
Photos: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert

Giant salamander 

Photos: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert
Photos: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert

Capybara 

Photos: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert
Photos: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert

White-faced whistling goose 

Photos: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert
Photos: Museum Wiesbaden / Bernd Fickert

Calendar

  • So
    28 Nov
    10:30—13:00
    Anhänger und Armbänder aus Mineralien und schönen Steinen basteln
  • So
    28 Nov
    14:00—15:00
    Alles! 100 Jahre Jawlensky in Wiesbaden
  • So
    28 Nov
    15:00—16:00
    Kristalle — Vom Diamanten bis zum Gips

Educational programs

Museum Wiesbaden offers a variety of programs for all ages, from guided tours to workshops for preschools and schools, to teacher training and programs for students, private groups, or families with children.

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