www.amnh.org – American Museum of Natural History
A nocturnal exploration and adventure!
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) was founded in 1869 in the older Arsenal Building in Central Park by Theodore Roosevelt, Senior (father of our 26th U.S. President), and 20-other notables. Dr. Albert S. Bickmore had lobbied for years for the establishment of a natural history museum in New York. Currently located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, AMNH comprises 25-interconnected buildings that house 46-exhibition halls, research laboratories, and a renowned library. The museum is situated in a 17-acre park known as “Theodore Roosevelt Park” containing park benches, beautiful gardens and fields, and a dog run, making this area around the museum some of the most expensive real estate in the Upper West Side. Surrounded by many gourmet restaurants, the museum contains over 32-million specimens, has a scientific staff of more than 200, and sponsors over 100-field expeditions each year.
Exhibition Halls include the Hall of North American Mammals, Hall of Vertebrate Origins, Hall of Primates, Family Hall of Ocean Life, Hall of Ocean Life, Hall of African Peoples, Hall of Human Origins, Halls of Minerals and Gems and Hall of Meteorites. Fossil Halls feature the Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered in Montana in 1902 and 1908, a Brontosaurus, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus among many others. Don’t miss seeing the 80-million-year-old fossil of ammonite! The Museum boasts a full-size model of a blue whale, a massive 31-ton piece of the Cape York meteorite, and the Star of India, the largest star sapphire in the world! It boggles the mind.
But, here’s the icing on this rich cake. Baby boomers and their families can be among the lucky few who experience the amazing accumulation of AMNH’s years of scientific research and education, knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe at one of the museum’s sleepovers! Bring sleeping bag, flashlight, camera, and personal gear. Cots are provided along with an evening snack and light breakfast the next morning. Time-travel lovers can roam through pre-history viewing the IMAX film Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World. Once the doors close, and the museum lights dim, prepare to be awed by wild buffalo, African elephants, dinosaurs and more. At night’s end, fall asleep in the darkened halls of this world-famous museum at the base of a volcano, at the feet of T-Rex or next to the African elephants. We promise your dreams will kick into overdrive!
We absolutely love this exceptional website that offers our youth and parents the opportunity to walk in the earliest footsteps of mankind! Don’t forget Ology, the museum’s website for curious kids of all ages. Book a tour, especially the sleepovers, as space is limited and they are extremely popular.