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Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums with Lance Grande

  • Chicago Field Museum 1400 South Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)

Most of us have been to natural history museums--toured the exhibits, pored over collections of bugs and bones--but who decides what goes on display? How did it all end up there? And what exactly does a curator do?

Lance Grande, a curator with more than three decades of experience at Chicago's Field Museum, takes us on a behind-the-scenes look at museums and what exactly the job of a curator entails. He is here to talk to us about his newest book Curators: Behind the Scenes of Natural History Museums from University of Chicago Press. Learn more here.

Lance Grande, PhD, is The Negaunee Distinguished Service Curator of The Field Museum of Natural History. He is an award-winning author of more than one hundred and thirty scientific articles and books, ranging from highly technical works to his recent trade books promoting the importance of basic research. As a science communicator, he is active in communicating the history and importance of museum science to the public.