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The Long Room, Interior of Front Room in Peale's Museum, by Charles Willson Peale, 1822.
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Watercolor of The Long Room, Interior of Front Room in Peale's Museum, with shelves housing plant and animal specimens and art.

Credit: Founder's Society Purchase, Director's Discretionary Fund Photograph © 1990, The Detroit Institute of Arts

When Peale moved his museum to the second floor of Independence Hall in 1802, his collections included more than 100 quadrupeds, 700 birds, 150 amphibians, and thousands of insects, fishes, minerals, and fossils. These he displayed beneath busts and his own portraits of great Americans.

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