The American Museum of Natural History along with the Rose Center for Earth and Space should delight anyone interested in the natural science. The Museum has more than 36 million specimens. Founded in 1868 by A. Bickmore, the museum opened in 1869 and in 1877 was moved to the current location, at the beginning it wasn’t a success and soon it felt in debts but is now considered one of the largest and most important museum of natural history in the world.
The Museum occupies 4 city blocks, from west 77th to west 81st street, from Central Park West to Columbus Avenue, and were formerly called Manhattan Square. The oldest visible part of the façade facing west 77th street is also the most attractive. The faced facing Central Park West is instead more recent approx 1922.
The collection includes galleries like: Fossil Hall,Hall of Biodiversity (including walk through Rainforest), the Animal Habitat dioramas (world-famous for their beauty), Hall of Human Origins, Hall of Mineral. One of the most important area of the museum is dedicated to Dinosaurs, here you will be able to see original fossils and entire skeletons!
In 2000 the new Rose Center for Earth and Space opened, the renovation cost nearly 210 million dollars. The Earth and Space Center has also a Planetarium called "the Space Theater" that virtually recreates the night sky and other dazzling simulations!
The American Museum of Natural History: Permanent Exhibitions
Biodiversity and Environmental Halls
Birds and Reptiles and Amphibians Halls
Earth and Planetary Sciences Halls
Human Origins and Cultural Halls
Rose Center for Earth and Space with Hayden Big Bang Theater Planetary
The American Museum of Natural History: Current
Sharks - September 4, 2023
The American Museum of Natural History Hours
Everyday: 10AM– 5.45PM Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day
The American Museum of Natural History Admission
Seniors (65 and over with ID) $18
Students (full-time with current ID) $18
Children from 2 to 12 $13
Children -2 FREE
Special Exhibits, Planetarium, Space Center $27+ per person
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