Welcome to one of the largest museums in the world! located west of central park and covering about 2 million square feet in total, The Museum of Natural History is the most well known museum in the entire world. the museum is made up of 26 interconnected buildings, has about 45 exhibitions and contains both a library and planetarium to boot. The museum also houses over 30 million different species of plants, animals, and ancient fossils. it even holds different minerals, rocks, meteorites along with human remains and human cultural artifacts, it also has special collections of frozen tissues and other data. All of this is monitored and studied by a full-time scientific staff of over 200 and performs over 120 field expeditions every single year.
The Museum of Natural History was founded in the mid 1800’s however, like most of todays famous buildings, it was not originally housed in the building we see today. The museum was firstly held in an arsenal building located in central park and was founded by several people one of them being Theodore Roosevelt Sr., the father of the 26th U.S president. the museum was officially founded in 1869 by the then New York governor John Thompson Hoffman who signed it off officially on April 6th. The construction of the first building was set out in 1874 and had opened up on 1877, the building itself had a Victorian Gothic aesthetic and was designed by Calvert Vaux and J. Wrey Mould. The building was officially completed at the end of the 19th century and the buildings surrounding it where completed in the early 20th century. The Museum had later on received many more renovations and expansions, most of which were actually internal rather than external. Many different buildings where constructed around it, all of which interconnect, and allowed for multiple entrances, however the original entrance on 77th street still stands. The museum is a combination of multiple buildings and in 2016 a plan was put into motion to further expand it, this expansion was delayed until 2019 due to community opposition, the project is now set to be complete in 2022 (However due to covid-19 it is not known if this date is still official).
The Museum has many exhibits for visitors to look through, so many in fact that you may need multiple days in order to look at them all. The hall of mammals includes Asian mammals, African mammals, small mammals and the history of each mammal itself. The museum also holds an exhibit for new world mammals, also known as North American mammals and there history throughout our time. It also hosts exhibits for small animals, birds reptiles and amphibians, as well as having an entire hall for ocean life and their history in the world. There is also the entire section for human origins and each culture has their own hall that also explains each of their history. The museum also has a planetary and earth halls along with ones for fossils, space, gems, and even minerals.
The Museum of Natural History also holds exhibition labs, research libraries, research activities and educational outreach. Exhibitions labs where founded in and has produced thousands of instillations, the team consists of over 60 writers, artists, designers, and programmers, and they are tasked with creating new exhibits every year. the research library collects materials on subjects for the exhibits in the museum and the history behind the exhibits themselves.
The Museum of Natural History has had extensive history in popular media, this includes literature, film, and much more. The Catcher of the Rye, The Great Dinosaur Robbery, Ritual, The Mystery in the Museum, Murder at the Museum of Natural History, The Bone Vault, and many many more. In terms of film, Wonderstruck, The Treasure of Manhattan Island, Splash, and the most well known, Night at the Museum which had spawned 2 sequels after the first ones release. The museum has also made appearances in television, Friends, Mad About You, The Penguins of Madagascar, and many more shows. The museum has also made appearances in a few video games throughout the century.
Overall the museum has many things for visitors to do that could take up to a whole weekend for a person to go through. From exhibitions for visitors to witness and halls that inform you of the history of our universe. Different activities that involve people such as the research libraries, educational outreach and research activities. All of this entertainment is available to you with the transportation service My Destiny Limo so make your reservation today!