UWSP Museum of Natural History - Exhibits
Exhibits are always a top priority for us. Nearly all of our exhibits have been rebuilt or are being rebuilt. Exhibits range from Rocks and Minerals collections to dioramas highlighting wildlife and ecosystems, and Native American cultures. You can spend hours exploring our world. A sample of offerings includes:
The Menominee Clans Story displays wood figures carved by the Menominee traditional artist, James F. Frechette, Jr. Known by the Menominee as The Little Menominee, the intricately carved and painted figures stand between twelve and twenty inches high. Through an indigenous art form of the tribe, Mr. Frechette faithfully captures the cultural dimensions of the ancient clan system depicting dress, symbols, tools, colors, traditions, and many details of the now fast fading way of life. Click here for the Menominee Clans Story Web site.
UWSP works to promote understanding of and appreciation for racial and ethnic diversity through programs and academic course work. The ï¿½Celebrateï¿½ exhibit reinforces a continuing need for diversification, with the following purposes in mind: to communicate positive images of native people and their accomplishments, past and present; to show that traditional mythology and ceremony are maintained by native people living in mainstream culture; to offer a look into the future that provides cultural choices for native peoples; to counter stereotypes of native peoples held by mainstream society; and to compare traditional colors and patterns in native dress and objects.
Stand before the wide-open savanna and witness life as it exists today. A lion, hyena and cape buffalo are the dominant animals in this slice-of-life African savanna exhibit, but be prepared to see much more. Here you can discover how animal and plant life survive through the dry season, and how the cycle of life is in full force.