Big Game at the Museum

By: Alessandro Pezzati

Originally Published in 2012

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Wild game trophies from Africa were once part of the Museum collection.
Wild game trophies from Africa were once part of the Museum collection.

Natural history specimens collected by Arthur Donaldson Smith were on display in 1898 in the University Library, now the Fine Arts Library, which housed the Museum for a decade. At the time, the Museum was still defining its collection. Smith, a physician and big-game hunter from Philadelphia, traveled to Lake Rudolph (now Lake Turkana), eastern Kenya, in 1894–1895. His ethnographic collections are still at the Museum, but the location of the mounted heads to the left is unknown. Lake Turkana National Park in Kenya is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Pezzati, Alessandro. "Big Game at the Museum." Expedition Magazine 54, no. 3 (December, 2012): -. Accessed April 16, 2024. https://www.penn.museum/sites/expedition/big-game-at-the-museum/


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