Ever been up close and personal with a T-Rex or a Blue Whale? The American Museum of Natural History can make that dream come true!
As one of the world’s most famous museums it houses 45 permanent exhibits occupying 1,600,000 square feet and four floors of prime real estate in Manhattan.
Situated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, across from Central Park, it’s not only what’s on the inside that counts, the actual building itself is quite something to see. Founded in 1869, it’s one of the largest and most cherished museums in the world.
Some of the most popular must see exhibits and features are:
- A full size model of a Blue Whale suspended in the air;
- The largest meteorite on display at any museum in the world which weighs 34 tons;
- Full sized casts of important fossils including the 3.2 million year old Lucy skeleton;
- Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that is over 65 million years old;
- The Patricia Emerald, a 632 carat uncut emerald considered one of the finest in the world;
- Pterosaur skeletons, flying lizards with wingspans that would rival small planes;
- The Reticulated Python, which is 25 feet long;
- Giant Sequoia slice that came from a 1300 year old tree that measured 90 feet around;
- The Hayden Planetarium’s 67 foot wide hemispheric dome shows;
- And so much more!
The Museum was even the star of the 2006 blockbuster hit, Night at the Museum. Ben Stiller’s character, Larry Daley, is a museum guard who has adventures every night when all of the exhibits come to life. While the museum doesn’t actually come to life at night, the museum does offer a Night at the Museum Tour, as well as a Night at the Museum sleepover experience.
With so many things to see you will want to be sure to carve out a good chunk of time to try to fit in as much as possible. Be sure to bring your camera, but be aware that some areas may have posted signage where photography is prohibited.
Exploring the Museum is an educational experience for all ages, and with approximately five million visitors each year, there is a whole lot of learning going on!
For more information, visit http://www.amnh.org.