Robert Kennicott stares at skulls in this Halloween mashup. Original image no: SIA2011-0145, NHB-24048, Smithsonian Institution Archives.

A Monster Mash of Smithsonian History

We got on Photoshop and we did the monster mash. It was definitely a graveyard smash. 

We got on Photoshop and we did the monster mash[-up of spooky images from our collections]. It was definitely a graveyard smash. Enjoy your safe yet spooky Halloween!

(Psst--you can learn more about the original images we used by entering their ID numbers in our collections search.)

Creepy! Crawly! Longitudinal study! Zoologist Enrique Lynch Arribálzaga haunts (or maybe monitors) a 1990 experiment on spider webs at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI). A mere seventy years earlier, Arribálzaga met Alexander Wetmore, future Smithsonian secretary, in Argentina. (Original Images: SIA2012-0847, 92-5214)

Join this odd “pop-up session” at the Arts & Industries Building to learn about physical anthropology from paleontologist Robert Broom and U.S. consul William Henry Bishop. One skull is James Smithson's, and two are casts from early hominids. Spot which is which, or YOU COULD BE NEXT! (Original Images: SIA2007-0399, SIA2010-1300)

Someone has been trapped in a porthole for 90 years at Smithsonian's Silver Hill facility—is that you, Edward William Nelson? Or is that you...or is that you...or is that you? (Original Images:71-1151B, MAH-6354)

Physical anthropologist T. Dale a deconstructed classroom exhibit...with a skull!? (Original images: 85-8066, SIA2010-1302)

Maybe she’s looking for paleontological specimens, or maybe she’s just haunting the lab. Either way, Ova Corvin "Precious" Rappleyea will always be reliving her Scopes Trial glory days. (Original images: SIA2008-1129, MAH-24046)

Many years after his mysterious demise along the Yukon River, the halcyon days of his Megatherium Club exploits long gone, naturalist Robert Kennicott ponders rows of human skulls. But your own skull isn't in this room, Robert—you'll need to visit the second floor of Natural History to find it. (Original images: SIA2011-0145, NHB-24048)

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