American Museum of Natural History

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The American Museum of Natural History is one of the major museums in New York. Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Central Park West, between 79th Street and Central Park, a strong staff employed by more than 1,200 units, a particular formula articulated support on large and small sponsors, can surely be counted among the largest natural history museums in the world.


It was founded in 1869 initially to be used as the arsenal near Central Park [unclear]. Some years later, in 1874 began the construction of the building which still occupies most of Manhattan Square. The original Gothic Revival structure designed between 1874 and 1877 by the architects Calvert Vaux and Jacob Wrey Mould – who collaborated with Frederick Law Olmsted in the structuring of Central Park – in fact then left the place with a classic style, thanks to the intervention of J . Cleaveland Cady, who was influenced by the work of Henry Hobson Richardson.


The areas dedicated to special projects of research are:

  • anthropology
  • paleontology
  • computer Science
  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Vertebrate Zoology (Mammologia, Ornithology, Ichthyology, Herpetology)
  • Invertebrate zoology
  • Genomics (Institute for Comparative Genomics)
  • Physics (Astrophysics (Hayden Planetarium), Earth sciences and space)

The Hayden Planetarium, connected to the museum is now part of the Rose Center for Earth and Space, housed in a glass cube containing a heavenly vault (the Space Theater), designed by James Stewart Polshek. The center has been open to the public February 9, 2000.

How to get there:

The museum is easily accessible via the subway lines B and C with a bus stop located inside the museum.



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