American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York, is a one of the world’s largest and most popular science museums.
The AMNH, founded in 1869, is located since 1874 in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, adjacent to Central Park and almost opposite to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The museum has been expanded over time, and is now a large complex of various buildings, interconnected to one another.
The permanent exhibition of the American Museum of Natural History is organized into 9 thematic sections.
The Biodiversity and Environmental Halls present the diversity of life on Earth, its evolution over time and why extinctions occur; a giant model of a blue whale is on show in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life.
The Birds and Reptiles and Amphibians Halls focus on these classes of animals, with a surprising section dedicated to the over 400 species of birds living in New York City.
The Earth and Planetary Sciences Halls focus on planets and meteorites (in the Ross Hall, including Ahnighito, the largest meteorite housed in a museum), on rare stones and gems (Morgan Hall) and on minerals (Guggenheim Hall).
The Fossil Halls feature an impressive collection of fossil specimens and skeletons of extinct mammals, dinosaurs and other vertebrates; while the Wallach Orientation Center, through reconstructions and audiovisuals, presents their fascinating history in detail .
The Human Origins and Cultural Halls explore the different human cultures around the globe and the origins of mankind.
The Mammal Halls present the history and evolutions of mammals, including primates, through outstanding specimens, models and dioramas.
The Rose Center for Earth and Space explores the history of the Universe and includes a planetarium, a “Big Bang” theater, large scale installations depicting astrophysics, cosmological theories and the genesis and geology of the planet Earth.
The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial is dedicated to the 26th President of the United States, who was a passionate explorer and a naturalist. The memorial includes also exhibition galleries such as its famous “rotunda” featuring dinosaur exhibits.
Finally, the Discovery Room is an interactive learning space for children and families.
The American Museum of Natural History organizes temporary exhibitions, research programs, educational activities for all ages and learning courses for educators.
The museum includes three shops, a restaurant, and two cafeterias .
The museum is fully accessible to people with disabilities. A free wheelchair borrowing service, special programs and equipment for people affected by autistic disorders, blind and deaf people are also available.
The American Museum of Natural History is also famous as the set of the film “Night at the museum”.
Photos: cover by t-mizo; 1 by Daniel Torres Bonatto; 2 by vagueonthehow; 3 by Boris Dzhingarov