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Now through August 31:

"It's Kentucky, Naturally"


In conjunction with the opening of its new NaturePlay@BCM playscape, Behringer-Crawford Museum is celebrating the outdoor world indoors with a new exhibit, "Kentucky, Naturally."

The exhibit includes a collection of illustrations of birds and animals by the renowned American ornithologist, naturalist and painter John James Audubon, on loan from the John James Audubon Museum in Henderson, KY.

Audubon, who was born in Haiti and raised in France, moved to the United States in 1803, when he began studying and drawing birds. He moved to Louisville in 1807 and later worked as a naturalist and taxidermist in Dr. Daniel Drake's Western Museum of Cincinnati. Throughout his life, Audubon sketched and painted the natural world, attempting to identify and document every species of birds. His major work, a color-plate book titled The Birds of America, is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever created.

Also on display are tools, fossils and other memorabilia similar to those used by another of Kentucky's early naturalists, Constantine Rafinesque, who was an acquaintance and contemporary of Audubon.

The "Kentucky, Naturally" exhibit continues through August 31. It is included with BCM admission and is open during museum hours, which are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.


"Silent Storytellers"

Featuring rarely displayed artifacts from Behringer-Crawford Museum’s collections and other family archives, “Silent Storytellers” reveals how heirlooms preserve the memories of our ancestors while reminding us of the people and traditions that impact our lives today.

BCM's 24th annual Holiday Toy Trains will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 21 with three other magical exhibits to delight children – and adults – of all ages. All four exhibits and the special presentations noted below are included with museum admission. Exhibits run through January 17, 2016.
Explore a display of tiny, historically accurate replicas of room scenes and period furniture by the local chapter of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts. Learn about their work at a special presentation on Sunday, November 22 at 3 p.m.
See three-dimensional carvings by the River Valley Wood Carvers. Special demonstrations of wood carving will take place on Saturday and Sunday, January 2 and 3.
“Christmas in Victorian England,” a display of Charles Dickens Department 56 scenes.






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