March 2, 2009

The New York Museum of Natural History

Posted in Uncategorized tagged at 7:25 am by classicalmusic

There are many museums around the world that bear the name “Museum of Natural History.” Basically, natural history can be a label for a huge assortment of divergent subjects. The history of evolution, ancient cultures, the development of gemstones — all these and a great deal more are at home in any museum of natural history. But, if you had to pick the greatest such museum in the world, the answer would be obvious. It would have to be the New York Museum of Natural History in New York City.

This museum has become so famous that it is known around the world. The collections it hosts are considered among the most complete anywhere. In fact, what is on display at any one time only represents about five percent of the museum’s actual holdings. The rest are carefully maintained in climate controlled warehouses until they are rotated through the museum’s permanent displays.

Many youngsters who live in the New York area will always remember their class trip, a virtual rite of passage, to the museum. By far, the one thing that kids remember most is the incredible dinosaur exhibit. The complete skeletons of dozens of dinosaurs, including the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex and Brontosaurus tower over your head as you walk through. Artwork surrounding the exhibit give you a sense of what it must have been like when these giant beasts roamed the earth.

Don’t plan on seeing everything in one day, it cannot be done. If your time is limited speak to one of the museum’s curators and with a map determine what most interests you. You can even take in a show at the world famous Haden Planetarium if you have time.

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