Peaks to Plains
This is a western Montana scene, depicting a chance encounter of a Grizzly Bear and a Moose.
Moose Grizzly Encounter
Four major exhibits are completed consisting of a Buffalo Jump, Wetland, Peaks to Plains, Moose Gizzly Encounter and Nocturnal Woods.
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About the Designers... Acorn Exhibits, Inc.
The exhibits at the Blaine County Wildlife Museum were designed and built by Acorn Exhibits, Inc. The animal taxidermy mounts were provided by the BCWM, and the murals were painted by professional scenic artists as designed and directed by Acorn Exhibits, Inc.
Acorn Exhibits, Inc. is comprised of artists Kurt Wohnsen and Elizabeth Marshall; based in St Paul Minnesota, with an additional studio in SW New Mexico. Kurt and Liz started the company in 1996, after years of employment at exhibit firms and museums including the Denver Museum of Natural history and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Some of Acorn Exhibits’ clients include: The C.M. Russell Museum of Western Art in Great Falls MT, The International Wildlife Museum in Tucson AZ, The Science Museum of Minnesota, The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Lifetouch National School Studios, and The Blaine County Wildlife Museum.
Kurt Wohnsen and Elizabeth Marshall
This diaorama almost comes alive because of the careful blending of mural, habitat and animals. It's a very large exhibit with a mural that extends a full eighty-eight feet in length. The close proximity of the viewer to the scene gives one the feeling that he or she is within the exhibit. The diorama includes deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, antelope and various birds and small animals.
The diorama incorporates the different terrain encountered in Montana including mountain peaks, forest, alpine meadows, foothills and the prairie. Graphics, visual aids and sound effects will be added in the future.
The Wetlands exhibit takes place in the foothills of the Bear Paw Mountains south of Chinook. It was created to give the visitor an up-close view of a spring scene with ten species of ducks, Canada geese, fish and a beaver dam with mother beaver and four young. It includes other birds, an elk calf, insects and amphibians. This diorama is very entertaining and delights kids.
This diorama consists of a herd of buffalo approaching and being driven off a cliff by Native American's. It includes four fully mounted buffalo and two life-size Native American's in authentic buckskin attire. The exhibit rises twenty-five feet in height with large rock formations and outcroppings.
This exhibit creates an awe-inspiring scene for the first time visitor. The diorama will be supplemented by graphics, sound effects and visual aids.
The first display greeting the visitor upon entering the exhibit area is the Swift Fox exhibit. The swift fox, although once plentiful in Montana, became endangered and was re-introduced into Alberta and Saskatchewan in the 1980's. The foxes migrated down into Montana in the early 1990's, and the two fox in this display were trapped in northern Blaine County in 1994. They were amoung the first to be mounted in Montana since their re-introduction.
There are other temporary displays of animals and birds throughout the museum awaiting their placement in permanent displays.
Website design by Montana Grafix - Chinook, Montana - Photos courtesy of Steve Helmbrecht.
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This exhibit transports visitors to a winter night in the Montana woods. A beautiful aurora borealis is captured perfectly in the mural.
The diorama creatively spotlights active night animals including a wolf, a bobcat, owls, and others.
The Foothills Exhibit compliments the Peaks to Plains adjacent to it. Featured in the diorama are a bull, cow, and calf elk, along with an old, bird-filled Cottonwood Tree. A prairie dog town is painted into the mural, and viewers get a glimpse of what happens underground through a cut-out in the display.