Life in a Honeybee Colony (Exhibition)

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1955 June 13 - 1955 July 10

Biographical or Historical Note

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Exhibition. Opened June 13, 1955 and closed July 10, 1955. Located in Section 5, Floor 3 in the Insect Hall at the American Museum of Natural History. Life in a Honey Bee Colony showed an American-raised colony of bees in a glass observation hive.

Summary

Life in a Honey Bee Colony showed an American-raised colony of bees in a glass observation hive. The hive was placed next to a window close to Central Park and had a glass runway, which enabled the bees to leave and enter the Museum at will. The hive was designed by Theodore Schneirla of the Department of Animal Behavior (2, p. 1).

The exhibition opened in connection with an experiment involving the transport of bees between the University of Paris and the American Museum of Natural History, to study how bees remember time intervals. The experiment and exhibition were collaborations with the Department of Animal Behavior and were announced by curators Theodore C. Schneirla and Lester Aronson (1, p. 1). Members of the Department of Insects and Spiders cooperated in the planning and execution of the exhibition. A.I. Root Company consulted in the process and aided in obtaining the bees (2, p. 1).

Highlights:

*During the day, bees could be seen foraging from the hive and taking sugar water from a dish on a Museum window sill (1, p. 4).

*Bees were seen doing a round dance indicating food nearby or a waggle dance indicating the direction of the food at a greater distance (2, p. 1).

*Schneirla's hive, unlike typical glass observation hives which were dimly lit or red, was clear and brightly illuminated and larger than usual (2, p. 1).

This is a condensed summary of the exhibition. For additional information, see Sources and/or Related Resources.

Sources

    (1) American Museum of Natural History. Press Release. "Plans for Unique Experiment of Bees Announced by American Museum of Natural History." June 13, 1955. Departmental Records, DR 101. American Museum of Natural History Library.
    (2) American Museum of Natural History. Annual Reports, Departmental. "Report to the Director from the Department of Animal Behavior from July 1, 1954 to June 30, 1955." June 15, 1955. Departmental Records, DR 098. American Museum of Natural History Library.

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AMNH: Section 5, Floor 3

Related Corporate, Personal, and Family Names

American Museum of Natural History. Department of Animal Behavior.
Related department (1, p. 1)
American Museum of Natural History. Department of Insects and Spiders.
Related department (2, p. 1)
American Museum of Natural History. Insect Hall.
Location of exhibition 1955 June 13 – 1955 July 10 (1, p. 1)
Aronson, Lester R. (Lester Ralph) 1911-1996
Curator of exhibition (1, p. 1)
Root, A. I. (Amos Ives) 1839-1923
Consulted on the exhibition and aided in obtaining bees (2, p. 1)
Schneirla, T. C. (Theodore Christian) 1902-1968
Curator of exhibition; designed glass observation hive (1, p. 1)

Related Resources

American Museum of Natural History annual reports, 1902-2001.
"Report to the Director from the Department of Animal Behavior from July 1, 1954 to June 30, 1955." June 15, 1955.
American Museum of Natural History press releases, 1933-1990s.
"Plans for Unique Experiment of Bees Announced by American Museum of Natural History." June 13, 1955.

Written by: Clare O'Dowd
Last modified: 2018 December 5


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