The American Museum of Natural History is the second largest Museum in New York. It possesses the largest collection dedicated to the Natural History in the world. The Museum is situated in Midtown Manhattan on the Central Park West street, between the 77th and the 81st streets. The American naturalist Albert Bickmore became the founder of the Museum. Thanks to his efforts, in 1869, the New York mayor John T. Hoffman signed the project of the Museum creation.
Originally, the Museum was placed on the territory of Central Park, and the Museum opened doors in its present location in 1877. In addition to its numerous exhibits, the Museum became world famous for its world's largest library of natural science. Today the library contains more than 450 thousand books and lots of videos and reports of the expeditions. The entire territory of the Museum is divided into separate halls, which are divided into natural science sections.
Thus, the first floor of the Museum is a hall called "the Origin of man", which is the only US exhibition, consistently and clearly depicting the phases of human development on our planet. The large focus of the Museum always belongs to the hall "Minerals", each exhibit of which is kept in a closed glass container with illumination. The hall of gems (more than 100 thousand samples) is the next one. The hall of meteorites also attracts great attention of visitors by its space examples, among which the rarest meteorites in the world are represented.
The collection of the hall "Fossils" is located on the 4th floor of the Museum. It offers visitors to get acquainted with the exhibits found by American expeditions to the forgotten corners of the earth, like the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a mammoth's skeleton, as well as the world's only skeleton of an Apatosaurus. One of the new halls of the Museum called "Life in the oceans" attracts visitors by its main exhibit, which is a model of the blue whale, life size, located in a suspended position under the dome of the hall.
The planetarium takes a separate place in the Museum of Natural History. It is located in a new six-storied building. It was erected from glass in 2000.
And one of the most recent and expensive innovation of the Museum is a huge IMAX cinema, where you can watch lots of popular movies.
Daily 10:00 – 17:45
Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024, USA
Phone: +1 212-769-5100
40° 46′ 50″ N, 73° 58′ 29″ W
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