Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Peale’s Mastodon, 2017
American Philosophical Society Museum
In 1801, Charles Willson Peale excavated a mastodon skeleton in upstate New York. Afterwards, he made this painting that shows how he did it. Eventually Peale displayed the skeleton in his Philadelphia Museum. In this garden, you see an artist’s interpretation of how Peale would have put the skeleton together.
To learn more about Peale and his curious family, visit the APS Museum across the street. It’s in the same building where Peale had his Philadelphia Museum.
Location. 39° 56.917′ N, 75° 8.952′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on S 5th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located between Walnut Street and Chestnut Street. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Philosophical Society Hall (a few steps from this marker); American Philosophical Society (a few steps from this marker); Gilbert Stuart House (within shouting distance of this marker); Library of the American Philosophical Society (within shouting distance of The Signer (within shouting distance of this marker); Independence Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Custom House (within shouting distance of this marker); Philosophical Hall (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
More about this marker. The painting, Exhumation of the Mastodon, by Charles Willson Peale, 1806-1808, courtesy of the Maryland Historical Society, appears at the top of the marker.
Categories. • Animals • Paleontology •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 55 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 31, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.