American Museum of Natural History. Central Park West at 79th Street. Visit one of New York City’s true museum gems. The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, has one of the largest and richest collections of natural history in the world.
NYC’s 10 Best at the American Museum of Natural History (10 to 6)
If you plan to visit the American Museum of Natural History in New York while on your trip, you do not want to miss these exhibits:
10. Dzanga-Sangha Rain Forest. A replica of the Dzanga-Sangha Rain Forest located in the Central African Republic. This exhibit is designed to create awareness of this rain forest in Africa and others in order to save them for future generations.
9. Hall of Ocean Life. A 94-foot Blue Whale, the largest animal that ever lived, hangs from the ceiling in the center of the Hall of Ocean Life. With interactive displays and dioramas of various marine environments.
8. The Grand Gallery. The 63-foot long Great Canoe is the showpiece of the Grand Gallery, the 77th Street lobby entrance. The Grand Gallery was restored to its 1904 look and feel with the original marble flooring and 1890s replica chandeliers.
7. Hall of Meteorites – Cape York Meteorite. A 34 ton iron meteorite, the largest in the world. It is so large it is supported by beams that go directly into the bedrock of the building. Also on exhibit: moon rocks, a diamond studded meteorite, and other minerals from our solar system.
6. Hall of Gems and Minerals. Iridescent Opals Display. 25 unique opals displaying their diversity and colorful iridescence. Most are made when warm water cools volcanic glass to create a unique internal structure. When hard, they reflect light in various directions to create its color.
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