Expand/Collapse DIORAMA

DIORAMA is a series of digital shorts from the wondrous halls of The American Museum of Natural History, taking inspiration from the Museum’s classic dioramas and behind-the-scenes archive. DIORAMA is an exploration of curiosity — where science, art and history all meet.

  • What's Inside the Termite Nest

    You might think that's just a pile of dirt sticking up on the Serengeti plain in Africa. It is dirt. Dirt and termite fecal matter. (More from DIORAMA). Delve inside the scene of a termite mound with SciTech Now and DIORAMA at The American Museum of Natural History. It's a universe all its own, made up of millions of living, breathing, eating, reproducing, building, defending termites. See the world's largest termite queen (over 10 cm long!), the winged kings, the mandibled soldiers and the blue collar workers. This is also an exploration of the Museum's termite collection, the world's largest.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Why Moose Fight

    Ever wonder why moose fight? Explore the scene of one such animal throwdown in the wilds of Alaska with DIORAMA at The American Museum of Natural History. See the sights and hear the sounds of moose mating (yup, get ready for it) and find out who really calls the shots: the male moose or the female.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How Coral Grows

    The Andros Island Coral Reef Diorama at the American Museum of Natural History has been showcasing life below the ocean since the 1930s. This video from DIORAMA and SciTech Now takes a close look at coral polyps, the tiny animals that makes giant coral reefs. Meet dinoflagellates, algae that lives inside coral polyps. Footage from the 1920s and 1930s shows scientists and artists as they study, document, and even paint underwater in order to recreate this setting.

    Analyze the environmental conditions that Coral reefs need to thrive using the Coral Distribution activity found in the Support Materials section below.

    Grades: 6-13+