Interactive exhibit opens at National Buffalo Museum

The exhibit was designed and fabricated by KidZibits in St. Paul, Minnesota.

JSSP Jamestown News

The National Buffalo Museum has announced that its newest exhibit is an interactive life-size taxidermied bison lying on its side with a fiberglass cavity fit with removable internal organs and bone replicas. Visitors can learn about the anatomy and physiology of bison by taking apart and reassembling the various parts of the bison.

The exhibit was designed and fabricated by KidZibits in St. Paul, Minnesota. Its designers and craftspeople had to acquire a tanned bison hide, create a base and form sturdy enough to withstand years of handling by visitors, research the size, shape and orientation of bison organs, sculpt them from appropriate materials and make sure that the exhibit is safe, durable, accurate and attractive, the museum said. Creating this would have been difficult enough under any circumstances, but the added complication of the COVID-19 pandemic made this work challenging, as it did most jobs across industries, said Ilana Xinos, executive director of the museum.

“The museum’s exhibits have focused heavily on the cultural significance of the American bison through the years, and while that is important, we have been looking for more opportunities to introduce visitors to bison physiology and behavior, which is linked to their prairie habitat,” Xinos said. “We’ve also been looking for ways to increase the interactivity of our exhibits. We know that visitors absorb more information when they learn while doing something fun ."

She said the museum is grateful for the grants from Jamestown Tourism and the support of our donors, which made this exhibit possible.

The National Buffalo Museum’s mission is to advocate for the restoration of the North American Bison through education and outreach. For more information, contact Rachel Johnson at 701-252-8648 or .

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