Plate from Traite de Fauconnerie by H Schlegel & A.H. Verster de Wulverhorst
Object ID 1996.14.13

The Archives of Falconry is opening up to the world. You can explore the entire archive yourself in our collection catalog. We also hope you can discover the stories within the collection. To that end, we have produced these online, virtual exhibits. We will continue to develop new exhibitions over time and welcome your feedback on what you'd like to see. Please send feedback to [email protected].


Assateague Island - 1952

Life Magazine goes on a falcon hunt

In 1952, Life Magazine photographer Peter Stackpole traveled to Assatague to document Brian and Anne McDonald and Halter and Barbara Cunningham as they trapped migrating tundra peregrines for falconry. Journey back to this iconic dimension of North American falconry.


Timeline of Falconry

This interactive exhibit explores the significant events, people, books, art, craft and organizations spanning the global history of falconry.


The American Hood

An Evolution of Craft in the New World

Explore the evolution of hoodmaking, from Old World standards to a dynamic era of innovation by an emerging U.S. falconry community. Learn about notable hoodmakers, dive into our collection, enjoy 3D images of each hood and more.


Living Heritage

Falconry Organizations Around the World

The art and practice of falconry has ancient roots but remains a vibrant living heritage. Where is falconry being practiced around the world? Tour diverse falconry organizations and connect to their online resources.

Coming Soon

Widmeier in India

Documenting Heritage Through Art

From 1942 to 1944, falconer-artist Robert Widmeier was a U.S. Army sergeant stationed in India. He seized the opportunity to explore, participate in, and document Indian falconry through his art and journals. This exhibit highlights the best of over 100 original sketches and paintings by Widmeier including excerpts from his journals and manuscripts.