American Museum of Natural History - New York, NY
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Quick Description: One of the most visited museums in all of New York City is located next to Central Park.
Location: New York, United States
Date Posted: 3/17/2021 7:41:50 PM
Waymark Code: WM13Z66
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Taken from Wikipedia, "The American Museum of Natural History (abbreviated as AMNH), located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City, is one of the largest museums in the world. Located in park-like grounds across the street from Central Park, the museum complex comprises 27 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library. The museum collections contain over 32 million specimens of plants, humans, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, and human cultural artifacts, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time, and occupies 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2). The museum has a full-time scientific staff of 225, sponsors over 120 special field expeditions each year, and averages about five million visits annually.

The one mission statement of the American Museum of Natural History is: "To discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe."

"The Plaza entrance, the one most often used, offers a direct course to the Mall, following East Drive, and a visit to the Pond where wild fowl, pelicans, and swans decorate the natural lagoons. A third and popular route is a path between East Drive and the Fifth Avenue wall, that leads to the Zoo, past the first track where children may ride on Shetlan ponies. Zoo buildings line the approach to the neat brick structures of the quadrangle designed by Aymar Embury II, architect for the Triborough Bridge and the Henry Hudson Bride. (Zoo open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; admission free.) Outdoor cages and the sea lion pool occupy the inner court. Zoo buildings surround it on three sides; the cafeteria and pavilion take up the west side of the court. The new Zoo is in striking contrast to the former grimy buildings, where the iron bars of the cages were so rusted that keepers carried guns for self protection. The Arsenal, at the Fifth Avenue side of the quadrangle, is an example of Gothic Revival architecture striking with its octagonal turrets for a medieval effect. It was built as a stat arsenal in 1848 and has since served as the first home of the American Museum of Natural History, a weather bureau, and a police prescient; Today it is the headquarters for the city Park Department."
Book: New York

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 352

Year Originally Published: 1939

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