If you stare at them long enough, you will see the animals move.
Other times, the taxidermy itself becomes an element in a two dimensional painting.
Before you leave the museum, they send you all over the world.
Although museum dioramas were conceived before photography and world travel were everyday occurences, they still have a magically transporting effect. Is it because every leaf and grain of sand is scientifically accurate? Because, like a photograph, they have captured a unique moment in a changing world?
Is it because the scale is 1:1, neither larger nor smaller than life, thereby making it easy to see yourself inside of it?