One of the largest museums of the world, American Museum of Natural History is located in the Manhattan region of New York City. The museum spans a large complex that comprises of 28 buildings in total that are interconnected and house exhibition halls 45 in number, a library and a planetarium. The exhibits to be found here include 33 million specimens of animals, fossils, plants, rocks, human remain, cultural artifacts, meteorites and others. The museum has a scientific staff of about 225 and about five million visitors come to the museum annually.
History of its foundation
The museum was initially housed in the Arsenal building of Central Park. It was the
realization of the dream of a naturalist, Dr Albert S Bickmore. He worked and lobbied for
several years for this museum to be established in New York. Finally, his request, backed
by several powerful sponsors, was acceded by the Governor of New York and the bill was
officially signed that led to the museum being founded in 1869, 6 th April.
What the modern museum offers?
The American Museum of Natural History has evolved over time. Today it has an
interactive website that hosts vital information about the museum as well as allows
visitors to book their visit to different venues or programs being held here. One can
check out the ongoing exhibitions as well as explore the different sections or attend
programs that are organized at the museum from time to time.
April and may programs at the museum
If you are planning to visit the museum with your child, the spring break period would
certainly be a great time to do so. There are several programs organized here and you
could even sign up to be a member of the museum. That would provide you regular
updates of events being held here and you can get early access to pass to such events.
The first weekend of April would have a Hall Tour of the Planet of the Apes that would be
of immense interest to young children and parents as well. There is an EarthFest being
organized where the scientists at the Museum would conduct tours as well as having
special performances centered on the planet. Other upcoming events in April and May
include Exoplanets of Astronomy Live, Evening Access to Unseen Oceans, Ocean
Locomotion about Bio-inspiration from Sea and several others.