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Bare Bones: New exhibition at Time & Tide reveals the secrets of skeletons

Bare Bones at Time & Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, opening on Saturday 27 May, is a fascinating exhibition which invites visitors to see what lies beneath the skin as they explore the beauty and secrets of animal skeletons.

The spectacular specimens on display come from around the world and include a Burmese python, a lemur and a meerkat, as well as examples from closer to home such as a carrion crow and common frogs.

In total over 20 animals from across the animal kingdom including birds, fish, amphibians and mammals are represented in dynamic 3D exhibits, stunning images and interactive displays.

Skeletons help us understand how animals move, but they can tell us much more; these intricate structures reveal what animals eat, where they live, how they give birth. They can tell us how the animal moved around when it was alive and how old it was when it died. They can show us how different species are linked – and how they have evolved.

From an Osprey holding on to a slippery fish to a frog’s transformation from a tadpole, the skeletons on display show the ways in which form and function come together.

They also show the beauty and intricacies of the skeletal form, with many strikingly posed ‘in action’ against a black backdrop to bring out their aesthetic as well as their functional qualities.

Nicola Newton, Curator from Blue Tokay who curated this exhibition with Pip Strang said, “It is a pleasure to bring our exhibition ‘Bare Bones’ to Great Yarmouth. Our touring exhibitions provide high quality, popular, themed displays that have a wide appeal to audiences especially families and schools. This is the first exhibition we have brought to Norfolk. We hope the museum visitors will enjoy learning about the anatomy of animals and learning about everything from how a frog jumps to how a cat climbs trees.”

All of the specimens on display have been sourced ethically, either from UK-based wildlife parks and zoos, or from pre-deceased animals in the wild.

Exhibition Details

Time and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life
Saturday 27 May-Saturday 7 October
Open daily, 10am-4.30pm
Norfolk Museums Pass