Formal Opening of Hall 11

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The new Hall 11 of the Museum of Natural History is formally opened at the 50th Annual Convention of the American Association of Museums. "One of the colorful new displays is a 'do it yourself' exhibit on how to shrink heads the way the Jivaro warriors of the Ecuadorian jungles did." The hall also featured miniature dioramas portraying terrace farming among the Inca of Peru at the time of the Spanish conquest, a hunting camp among the Yahgan Indians of Tierra del Fuego and a village of Lucayan Indians in the Bahamas viewing the approach of Columbus' ships. Large life-sized groups featured the Carib Indians of British Guyana, and the Tehuelche.


  • American Alliance of Museums
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Torch, 6/1955, p. 1.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


June 2, 1955


  • Openings
  • Ethnology
  • Exhibitions


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