American Museum of Natural History
What we love…
- Famously captured in the film, Night at the Museum, the American Museum of Natural History is, and will always be one of the most inspiring places to learn about science and nature. There's no shortage of stuff to see here, this massive museum consists of 45 exhibition halls, featuring a ton of plant, animal, mineral, fossil, and human artifacts and treasures.
- The African mammal hall is one of the best in the museum, and considered one of the greatest museum displays of all time—a pretty huge deal considering the competition. In the 1930's Carl Akeley a taxidermist, conservationist, and explorer, brought the beauty of Africa to New York City. He came up with a new, more realistic way to create taxidermy that would allow him to accurately and artistically recreate the amazing scenes he experienced on his African journeys. The backdrop dioramas were painted by artists who also traveled the African plains, so the entire exhibit was completely life-like—a huge deal at a time when very few people traveled abroad. Today the exhibit remains very close to its 1930's look, still beautiful, and surely one you won't want to miss.
- The fourth floor holds the fossils, and to everyone's delight the dinosaur skeletons including: T-rex, Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, and a Woolly Mammoth. Although there are many skeletons on display rumor has it that the museum actually has many more fossils in storage that are not open for public viewing.
- Milstein Hall of Ocean Life chronicles the early days of earth's creation over 3.5 billion years ago, and since humans have only explored about five percent of the deep ocean there are always new discovers to uncover. The 21,000 pound life size blue whale suspended from the ceiling also delights children and adults alike.
- Even if you're all grown-up and think you're past learning about dinosaurs and the deep dark ocean floor, we guarantee you'll find something exciting to entertain you at this awesome New York landmark.