The American Museum of Natural History will collaborate with the native communities of the Pacific Northwest Coast to renovate the Northwest Coast Hall.
“As the Museum approaches its 150th anniversary, we are excited to refresh and enrich the Museum’s first hall and the first cultural gallery. With an eye on both history and the present, we are pleased to be enhancing this important and magnificent hall to reflect the living cultures of the Pacific Northwest,” Ellen V. Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History said in the press release. “We are particularly gratified to be working with First Nations communities, deepening the Museum’s collaboration with indigenous communities as we prepare to enhance and enliven the gallery’s exhibits and presentations.”
Main image: The Northwest Coast Hall, beloved by generations for its totem poles and collection of Northwest Coast cultural materials, highlights cultures and artistic expressions of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest, from Alaska through British Columbia and Washington State, in the 19th and early 20th centuries.