The Smithsonian’s Secret Storage Room Is Like A Scene From 'National Treasure.'
Roy “Chip” Clark joined the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. in 1973 as a photographer. His job allowed him the luxury to photograph the museum’s extensive collection of dinosaurs, jewels, exotic animals, and mummies.
Although more than 90% of the museum’s collection is preserved in storage, the official Scientific and Studio Photographer had the rare opportunity to see it all before his passing on July 12, 2010. In the almost 40 year career, Clark snapped photos of the staff who work hard in the background; maintaining, classifying, and organizing the institute’s collection.
Despite having 35 millions specimens of insects, this is only the second largest in the world. The entomology's 300,000 species represent 60% of the known insect families.
The museum's 590,000 mammal collection stores from the tiniest animals like the deer mice.
Moving up to its massive whales. One warehouse is designated specifically for the earth's largest mammals.
These drawers are filled with the bird collection under the Department of Vertebrae Zoology. Over 640,000 specimens make it the third largest collection in the world.
The Department of Invertebrate Zoology's collection holds 35 million species.
Scientists from around the world borrow hundreds of samples from the 350,000 minerals and 10,000 gems collection.
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