American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West
Discover the magic of the museum as you walk pensively past the skeleton of a 65-million-year old triceratops or maybe you prefer to explore the fossil halls by flashlight at a “Night at the Museum Sleepover”.
If you prefer to share in the drama of the undersea world in all its diversity and complexity you'll find yourself craning your neck as you walk below a 94-foot long, 21,000-pound blue whale suspended from the ceiling.
Other permanent exhibits offer inspiring visions of the spectacular beauty and abundance of life on earth, the evolutionary story of the human family and a curious look into the many cultures from around the globe. The temporary exhibits on display throughout the year are reason to come back over and over again.
The Museum is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Its mission . . . "To discover, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe" has continued since it was founded in 1869. In 1881, the museum launched into the golden age of explorations that touched every continent on the globe. Museum expeditions discovered the North Pole and unmapped areas of Siberia. Explorers traversed Outer Mongolia, the great Gobi desert and penetrated the densest jungles of the Congo.
Today deep ocean exploration provides us with photos and exhibits of species never before imagined and other pivotal discoveries that help us understand the structure and history of the universe and our place in it.
The Hayden Planetarium on the north side of the museum explores the 13-billion-year history of the universe and all the stars and planets of the cosmos.
The AMNH is anything but a dusty showcase for past achievements. The museum is a cutting-edge research facility where scientists in fields ranging from anthropology to astrophysics work every day to intrigue children of all ages…and their parents and grandparents too.