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Roosevelt Elkhorn Ranch (Diorama)



  • Existence: 1938 - present

Historical Note

The Roosevelt Elkhorn Ranch diorama is located on the first floor of the New York State Roosevelt Memorial at the American Museum of Natural History. It depicts Theodore Roosevelt's personal ranch in North Dakota where he spent many years as a ranchman.(1, p.2) Opened to the public in 1938, it includes two taxidermy Pronghorn and a bison skull that was collected on site in North Dakota.(2)

Background painting by Hanson Puthuff; foreground by Albert E. Butler with George Petersen; taxidermy by Gardell Christensen.(3, p.169)


(1) American Museum of Natural History Annual Report for 1938.

(2) Roosevelt Elkhorn Ranch exhibit text viewed November 16, 2022.

(3) Quinn, Stephen. Windows on Nature. Abrams, New York, 2006.


Found in 1 Collection or Record:

[Elkhorn Ranch]

Identifier: Art Survey No. 180
Scope and Contents

Study for Roosevelt Ranch Group made on the James L. Clark Western Expedition. River valley in foreground, rocks left, white bluffs in distance, clouds in sky. On two panels. Frame: Wood, painted frame, 17 x 41 5/8.

Dates: 1937