American Museum of Natural History, much more than dinosaurs

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Abby & Pedro at the American Museum of Natural History, New York

We enjoyed the American Museum of Natural History of New York, where we could learn about the human origin, other cultures and of course … about the dinosaurs

One of the most exciting and interesting museums in New York, in my opinion, is the American Museum of Natural History. It is one of the most famous and biggest museums in the world, with more than 32 million pieces in its collection, although, of course, only a small part of it can be seen at one time. Although it takes several days to see it properly, the majority of visitors to the American Museum of Natural History only have one day, and in some cases, just a few hours to walk around its 46 exhibit rooms. It’s a space for all interests and ages, with plenty of interactive activities, different subjects and a whole new world to discover. North American Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History, New YorkThe American Museum of Natural Museum was founded in 1869 by Theodore Roosevelt Sr, the father of the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Its location is remarkable, on 77th Street right opposite Central Park on the Upper West Side. The original building is located at the center and now it is impossible to see it after construction of the other buildings. Here, many acclaimed researchers have passed through its door and still do to conduct highly important research on an international scale. Because of this, you’re not solely paying for entry when you visit, you are also funding the development of science and research!

If you were to ask anyone about the American Museum of Natural History, the large majority would surely associate it with two things: its appearance in the Ben Stiller movie “Night at the Museum” and the dinosaur exhibits. The diversity and quantity of things to learn and the quality of exhibits far exceeds expectations. In this article we do a brief overview of the things that surprised me and the things I enjoyed the most, because if you want to see everything there, you can do so by clicking on this link.

Meteor Crater of ArizonaThe best way to kick off the visit is by heading to the first floor, right next to the statue of Theodore Roosevelt sitting down (but not on horseback, that one is outside the entrance of the building). The first room that appealed to me was the North American Mammals room, it was as if you could look at them standing there as if they were about to start running! The level of detail is impressive and you can learn a lot about the way of life for each and every one of the mammals. At the end of the floor is another of my favorite exhibits, Minerals and Gems of the World. In one of the rooms, you can find the meteorite exhibit with the replica of the “Meteor Crater of Arizona” that is said to be the best conserved impact crater in the world.

On the second floor my favourite corner is without a doubt the South American and Central American cultures exhibit, where customs, secrets and rites that were carried out are explained. For example, you can see a replica of the “tsantsa” heads and an explanation of how they were able to shrink them and the reason why they did it. But there are also many objects, clothing and instruments that give us a better insight into its culture. Also you can pass through other rooms, like the Asian and African cultures as well as the African mammals room. The third floor continues with African animals and there are also many exhibits to do with New York State.

Rusko with the dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History, New YorkAnd we’re now on the fourth floor! Yes, the dinosaur floor and of course that’s where most of the crowds are! I’m not going to lie to you, I could not wait to see this exhibit. There’s a room dedicated to Saurischians, which for those who haven’t realised, are the family which the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the Velociraptor belong to. But not all of the floor is dedicated to dinosaurs, I also loved the mammal and other primitive animal exhibits that allow us to understand the past better. The most riveting, without a doubt, is the room where you can act like a Pterosaur (reptile with wings), such as the most commonly known Pterodactyl (although that is just one type of Pterosaur).

This is just a taste of all the things you can see in the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to the permanent exhibits, most of which we have seen above, the museum is always adding, changing and removing exhibits. Bear in mind that the visible part is just a small percentage of the museum’s works. You can go with children as well as with adults and you can even eat in the cafeteria (although it isn’t cheap). The entry to the Museum is $22 for adults (if you don’t have a City Pass or the New York Pass; you can have a look here for the differences between one or the other). This, you should know is a suggested donation (although if you wish to pay less you can’t buy an entry ticket online). We ruskomend a visit to the American Museum of Natural History with 5 Boquerones. It is without a doubt an unforgettable experience!Roosevelt statue at the entrance of the American Museum of Natural History, New York

Abby with the dinosaurs

Minerals in the American Museum of Natural History, New York

American Museum of Natural History, New York

"Tsansas heads" at the American Museum of Natural History, New York

**We were invited to visit the museum by The American Museum of Natural History. In no way were we swayed to write a positive review.

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Pedro Ramirez
I was born and raised in Málaga, Spain. After living in Madrid, Barcelona and New York, I've returned home to enjoy the sun! I love to share the places I discover and write about them.
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