The "Great Devilfish" Refurbished

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Short article describes the life-size giant squid model in New York City's American Museum of Natural History. The model was manufactured in 1895 based on a specimen found on Newfoundland's coast in 1877. Copies were made for seven museums around the world, including the Smithsonian; that model was ruined in a flood. New York's refurbished model is now part of the "Wall of Life" in the newly created Hall of Biodiversity.


  • United States National Museum
  • American Museum of Natural History


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography


The author's book, "The Search for the Giant Squid," will be published later in 1998.

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Natural History (Journal)

Contact information

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


June 1998


  • Squids
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine invertebrates
  • Zoology
  • Exhibitions
  • Marine biology

Physical description

p. 78, "At the Museum" column

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