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Four museums and four objects

What stories of migration can museum objects tell us? Curators and educators at each of the four Carnegie Museums have chosen an objects and shared why it moves them.

Arctic Tern

Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Sterna paradisaea
The museum collection preserves a considerable amount of Arctic Tern material including study skins, egg sets, skeletons, whole fluid-preserved specimens and a charming taxidermy mount.

Julia Warhola’s Naturalization Certificate

Andy Warhol Museum
Sterna paradisaea
Turning a newly adopted land, unfamiliar language, and strange cultural landscape into a place one can call home: How long does that take? How do people make their new history natural? As individuals? Families? Communities? What are the stories of each generation?

Canyon Diablo Meteorite

Carnegie Science Center
Sterna paradisaea
The term “alien” usually conjures up images of an extraterrestrial life form as seen in countless sci-fi films and horror stories alike. Right outside Carnegie Science Center’s Buhl Planetarium, you can touch what remains of a giant alien from outer space: the Canyon Diablo Meteorite.

Winslow Homer, The Wreck

Carnegie Museum of Art
Sterna paradisaea
This painting travels extensively around the continents of North America and Europe.