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The whole family could spend a month visiting the American Museum of Natural History and still keep finding new things to explore. Chances are that your kids are fans of the hit movie Night at the Museum, starring Ben Stiller as a night watchman at the Museum of Natural History. While you don’t need to worry about the exhibits coming to life, you should prepare yourself for your own family’s adventure by learning a little about the experiences that await you.
Originally chartered in 1869, the museum is situated right across from Central Park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Within the museum are areas that focus on paleontology, animal life, astronomy, earth sciences, biodiversity, and the history of world cultures. The AMNH staff conducts high-level research and exploration, with many of their discoveries published in the magazine Natural History.
When you visit the museum, you can experience a stunning life-size blue whale model in its home in the Hall of Ocean Life. Crafted from fiberglass in the shape of a female whale, the figure is 94 feet long and weighs more than 20,000 pounds. Continuing your journey into the Hall of Biodiversity, you can visit a replica of the Dzanga-Sangha Rain Forest in central Africa.
Walk alongside reconstructed fossil skeletons and reconstructions of dinosaurs in the two halls of the Dinosaur Wing, which includes more than 100 specimens. These represent only a tiny portion of the museum’s total paleontological collection. Your young scientists may also enjoy getting a preview of the attractions with the AMNH’s new mobile app, DINOSAURS: American Museum of Natural History Collections.
Stroll through halls of gems, minerals, and meteorites in the Earth and Planetary Sciences area, and then pay an evening visit to the 87-foot sphere that houses the Hayden Planetarium. In the Space Theater, you will see three-dimensional astronomical maps and realistic images of stars, galaxies, nebulae, and our own solar system.
Entering and leaving the museum through the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda gives you a chance to admire the iconic display of a rearing Barosaurus protecting its young. You can also become inspired by the series of murals depicting the accomplishments of President Roosevelt, an ardent student of natural history and a supporter of conservation and research.