Prehistoric Menagerie

A woolly mammoth with fur that is a foot thick, a tiny horse that bounds like an antelope, a seven foot tall carnivore that has the head of a giant warthog—meet them all at the Montshire Museum of Science this summer.

Short Faced Bear

Prehistoric Menagerie, by New Hampshire artist Bob Shannahan, takes visitors back in time as they discover life-size sculptures of prehistoric animals arranged in the natural environment. Each animal is beautifully sculpted from local plants, and blends into the grasses and woods around the museum’s David Goudy Science Park.

The animals represented in the Prehistoric Menagerie exhibition evolved during the Cenozoic Age – the “Age of Mammals," the 65 million years since the extinction of most dinosaurs. During this time, the world’s climate went through several changes from hot to cold, and the continents slowly moved into their current positions after the breakup of the large continent Pangaea into those we know today.


The animals of the last 65 million years reflect this dramatically changing and evolving world. North America was a continent filled with many species of mammoths, camels, rhinos, sloths, lions, horses, giant bears – and people.  As the glaciers retreated after the last ice age, humans migrated to North America 15,000 years ago and made their home in a new land filled with prehistoric beasts.

American Camel

The six different animals from this prehistoric period that visitors to  the Montshire will meet include; the woolly mammoth, a short-faced bear, an American camel, an entelodont, an Orohippus, and a Gastornis.

Artist Bob Shannahan will present an outdoor sculpture drop-in workshop on Saturday, July 18 between noon and 4pm. Visit the events calendar page for more information.