Wonders of the Museum of Natural History

Earlier this week i dedicated the better part of a day to visiting The American Museum of Natural History (abbreviated as AMNH). Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City, it is one of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world. Located in park-like grounds across the street from Central Park, the Museum comprises 25 interconnected buildings that house 46 permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories, and its renowned library.

After taking the subway and waiting for a substantial period in line, – my visit started in the Hayden Planetarium!

with a Journey to the Stars! Featuring extraordinary images from telescopes on the ground and in space and stunning, never-before-seen visualizations of physics-based simulations, the dazzling show launches visitors through space and time to experience the life and death of the stars in our night sky, including our own nurturing Sun. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg, it was an engrossing, immersive theater experience created by the Museum’s astrophysicists, scientific visualization, and media production experts and leading scientists from the United States and abroad.

I then walked through the world’s largest collection of vertebrate fossils, where more than 600 of the nearly one million specimens were on display.

Before exploring the Mammal Halls. With precise depictions of geographical locations and the careful, anatomically correct mounting of the specimens, the Museum’s dioramas are windows onto a world of animals, their behavior, and their habitats.

Moreover, since many of the environments represented have been exploited or degraded, some dioramas preserve places and animals as they no longer exist. The visitor to these halls is able to travel not only across continents, but also, in some cases, through time.

The Hall of Primates provides an overview of primates through skeletons, mounted specimens, and artwork that trace both their shared characteristics and those unique to each group, demonstrating a fascinating variety of animals

The visitor can explore the relationship of hominids, or humans, to other primates through these characteristics and others, including posture, the amount of body hair,

and the shape of the hand and especially the thumb.

The Hall of Biodiversity expands the Museum’s efforts to alert the public to the critical roles biodiversity plays in sustaining life as we know it, and to the ecological crisis we now face.

And i just wandered and wandered through seemingly endless halls and exhibitions. Like the Irma and Paul Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

the Guggenheim Hall of Minerals and Morgan Hall of Gems

Finally i was allllll museumed out. I exited into the hot, hot sunshine

walking through central park

then i decided to buy a popsicle and spontaneously got a peddler as i had to head all the way downtown

and didn’t immediately realize that this meant going right through times square!

at times it was a little frightening but all in all,

it was incredible!



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2 responses to “Wonders of the Museum of Natural History

  1. bagnidilucca

    It is a great museum isn’t it? I’ve been a couple of times and see something new each time.

  2. sally

    Another place to put on my list, but I don’t think I will do the bike ride through time square!! LM

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