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The Everhart Museum, located on Mulberry Street in Scranton, Pennsylvania, is one of the finest museums in the United States. It was originally called the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art.
The museum became a reality following efforts put forth by Dr. Isaiah Fawkes Everhart, a Scranton physician and businessman. His interest in natural history led him to establish the museum in 1908.
In the beginning, the museum consisted of a collection of Everhart’s ornithological specimens. Other original collections were concerned primarily with natural history. Along with the mounted birds of the ornithological collection, other animals and fishes were the chief specimens. Plant life and fossils were soon added as well as various insect specimens.
Currently the museum houses an exquisite collection of art and artifacts that add to the establishment's fame. It includes painted furniture, portraits, mourning pictures, and whirlgigs from the J.L. Robertson family of Moscow, Pennsylvania. The museum also possesses an outstanding array of 19th- and 20th-century American art. A collection of ethnographic arts includes 19th- and 20th-century musical instruments, weaponry, masks, textiles, spirit figures, vessels, and personal adornment from across the world.
In addition, the museum houses approximately 20,000 specimens in its natural history collections. It has an accumulation of mammals, butterflies, insects and birds from around the world, marine life, seashells, fossils and herbs.
The Everhart Museum displays more than 2,300 birds. A number of them are from Dr. Everhart's original collection, in which visitors often come across general avian, specifically adaptive, and often beautiful qualities that distinguish birds from other species and from each other.
The Everhart Museum features a wide-ranging Asian Art collection from which the cultures of China, India, Japan, Indonesia, Siam, and Tibet are displayed. The museum also features a large collection of Amerindian relics. The ancient world is meticulously arranged in the museum, including pieces from the Paleolithic age, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Medieval Europe.
In addition to housing exhibitions on natural history, science, and art, the Everhart Museum has served the public by providing a variety of educational programs throughout the year. To support its educational role, the museum maintains a reference library.
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