The American Museum of Natural History is located in New York City and consists of 25 interconnected building spans across four city blocks. It was founded in 1869 and it is the world’s largest natural history museum. While it term “natural history” is used in reference to the study of animal life, the museum still operates on the original sense of the term, which was the study of all natural objects that includes animals, plants, and minerals.
Impressive And Captivating Exhibition
Though it is an institution that showcases the diversity of species on earth, the museum has several scientists who major in various field of study of the same. The 25 interconnected buildings house over 40 exhibition halls that, in total, display over 32 million artifacts and specimens. The museum is always strives pulling in visitors and is keen on captivating, entertaining, and educating its guests.
Hence, it has several innovative ways of achieving its goal. For instance, it has navigation app that runs on iPhone and iPod Touch that visitors can use to get around the museum. Also, it has around 360 devices visitors can borrow to help them learn more during their visit. Furthermore, the exhibition program always changes to ensure the public get to see and learn about as much of the material in the museum as possible.
The Museums Plethora Of Exhibits
American Museum of Natural History is home to one of the most impressive collection of fossil vertebrates that gives guests a glimpse of the dinosaur age. The Apatosaurus and the Tyrannosaurus Rex are some of the star fossil attractions that also include the tallest free-standing dinosaur display, the Roosevelt rotunda. The dinosaur is put on display in a manner that reflects the present scientific theory about the behavior of this extinct animal.
In regards to the study of life, the museum has several halls, each depicting different people and animal species. For instance, the people covers the diversity of people on earth in the Hall of African People, the Hall of Asian People, the Hall of South American people, Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific People, the Hall of North, and the Spizter Hall of Human Origins. For the animals, the museum has the Hall of North American Mammals Hall of North American Birds, Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians, , and the Hall of African Mammals. The museum also has exhibitions of gems, minerals, and meteorites all on display in individual halls.
Education At The Museum
As mentioned, the American Museum of Natural History always strives to keep things refreshing and captivating. In its endeavors to live up to its goals, the museum has several programs and activities suited to inform and educate the public. Some of the main programs include:
Children’s Workshops – The workshops host participatory lessons of workshops during the weekends through the school year with schedules and learning aids changing seasonally. The workshops include a Whale’s Tail workshop designed for toddler and children under 5 years and the Human Origin workshop designed for children between 10 and 12 years.
Multicultural Programs – The programs feature an international roster of lectures, participatory workshops, performances, and film programs meant for a mature students and an older audience with a good attention spun.
Discovery Room – It is a special room in the museum designed for children aged 5 -9 years where they can engage in various hands-on learning activities. The children should always be accompanied by an adult.