Blaschka squid

Micro-CT scanning can generate fascinating insights into the manufacture and decay of museum objects, helping conservators to understand and prevent their deterioration. 

What looks like a real squid is actually a very lifelike glass model that is part of the Natural History Museum’s historic art collection. It was made by the German Blaschka workshop over 100 years ago with a perfection that is hard to recreate today. 

Micro-CT scanning revealed how different clear glass types were used to create the squid model step by step.


The Museum retains copyright on all scans of our specimens. Their use is subject to the Museum’s copyright policy on images. All Museum specimen scans will be archived and can be obtained with permission from the collection curator. Stereolithography and 3D printing are not permitted without prior permission from the curator.