Day Tripper - American Museum of Natural History

Ever since its inception in 1869, The American Museum of Natural History in New York City has served as one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions. Encompassing more than  330,000 square feet of real estate, the museum’s 46 permanent exhibition halls and temporary galleries  bristle with beautiful displays which capture the wide spectrum of the planet’s species. Its renowned,  state-of-the-art research laboratories and five active research divisions support more than 200 scientists, and the museum is also home to one of the largest natural history libraries in the western hemisphere. More than five million visitors grace its historic halls every year, making The American Museum of Natural History one of the top ten most visited museums in the world.
The American Museum of Natural History offers unique, exclusive galleries and exhibitions that highlight some of the greatest natural wonders on the planet. With tours that explore artifacts from outer space and  cultures from around the world, and showcase fossils from ancient dinosaurs, previously unseen aquatic  life, rare foliage, breathtakingly beautiful mammals and more, a trip to The American Museum of Natural  History is sure to be an unforgettable experience for your entire family. Whether you want to educate your children about the world around them or satisfy your own curiosities about nature’s wonders, The American Museum of Natural History holds many of Earth’s greatest mysteries just about an hour away from Monmouth County. Open 363 days a year, a trip to The American Museum of Natural History is a great way to spend a relaxing, fun, engaging and educational day with the family.

Current Exhibits:
The Butterfly Conservatory Celebrating its 15th year at the Museum, this fantastic flurry of fluttering excitement remains as popular as ever. Visitors can mingle with up to 500 beautiful butterflies from all over the world inside a 1,200-square- foot vivarium filled with lush tropical vegetation. Outside the vivarium, visitors can watch through  transparent walls as monarchs, zebra longwings, paper kites and many other breathtaking butterflies fly  among the people and plants. Educational videos about the life cycle of a butterfly and their purposes in our ecosystems will also be shown. On display through May 27.
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Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture Feast upon a cornucopia of cuisine and culture! This new exhibition explores the complex system that processes our food from farm to fork. In sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating,  tasting, and celebrating, the exhibition, complete with artifacts and illustrations from cultures around the  world, explores myriad ways food is produced and how it has evolved. Don’t miss the opportunities to  taste seasonal treats in the working kitchen, cook virtual meals, view rare artifacts from the museum’s collections and peek into the dining rooms of famous figures throughout history. On display through May  27.

Winged Tapestries: Moths at Large This exhibition features more than 30 remarkable images from Ottawa based photographer Jim des Rivières. The images highlight the stunning beauty and surprising diversity of moths. Close-up images  will educate you on the characteristics of moths and their subtle differences from butterflies. Learn how  moths elude predators and traipse through their life’s stages. Specimens from the museum’s collection  of each of the 34 species will also be displayed. On Display through Sept. 29.

A Journey to the Stars: Take a tour through outer space in this unparalleled, spectacular exhibit of the night sky. Narrated by  Academy Award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg in the Hayden Planetarium, this exhibit features  extraordinary images from telescopes on the ground and in outer space. Explore space and time and  experience the life and death of the stars, including the Earth’s own sun. Tour astral constellations, explore new celestial mysteries, and discover many parts of the fascinating history of outer space. One ourney through the stars and you may never see the night sky the same way ever again!

Whales: Giants of the Deep Prepare to dive deep into the history of some of the largest creatures on earth. On loan from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, which houses one of the largest whale collections in the world, this  exhibit examines the latest in international research on whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Witness awe-inspiring aquatic specimens, including a massive 58-foot articulated sperm whale skeleton, the colossal skull of Andrewsarchus, a possible land-dwelling whale relative, and ancient and contemporary whale bone artifacts. Exhibit begins March 23.

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and the Hall of North American Mammals On Oct. 27, 2012, former President Theodore Roosevelt’s 154th birthday, the museum officially reopened the historic Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and the Hall of North American Mammals. The reopening launched a year-long celebration of Roosevelt’s dedication to nature and his leading role in expanding the  American conservation movement. The hall’s four exhibition areas feature never-before-displayed artifacts from the museum’s collections and examine Roosevelt’s life as a young environmentalist with an early fervor for nature. The hall’s center displays a new bronze sculpture of Roosevelt from a famous camping  trip to Yosemite National Park with naturalist John Muir in 1903.

American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192 (212) 769-5100 |
A Few Fun Facts The American Museum of Natural History includes 46 permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories, and a library across 25 interconnected buildings.
The museum’s collection archives contain more than 32 million different specimens, with only a portion of them displayed at one time.
Theodore Roosevelt Sr., the father of the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, was one of the founders of The American Museum of Natural History in 1869.
The American Museum of Natural History has been featured in more than two dozen American movies, television shows, novels, and video games.
It has been rumored, although not proven, that former dinosaur hunter and museum Director Roy Chapman Andrews was the inspiration for the movie character Indiana Jones.

Getting There Take Garden State Parkway North to exit 129 for New Jersey Turnpike North. Take exit 16E onto Route 495 East to the Lincoln Tunnel. After passing through the tunnel, take 42nd Street exit on the left onto Dyer Avenue. Turn right onto West 42nd Street. Proceed for approximately .2 miles and turn left onto 8th Avenue. Take exit onto Central Park West. Proceed for one mile and turn left onto West 77th Street. Museum will be on right-hand side. Follow signs for parking.

Public Transportation: Take any North Jersey Coast Line train to New York Penn Station. Take the B (weekdays only) or C  subway to 81st Street. Or, take the 1 train to Broadway and West 79th Street.

General Admission: Suggested prices, which benefit the museum’s scientific and educational endeavors and offer access to the museum’s 46 halls:
Adults (Ages 13+): $19 Children (Ages 2-12): $10.50 Seniors/Students with ID: $14.50 Visitors who wish to pay less than the suggested museum admission and also purchase a ticket to attend a special exhibition, IMAX film, or Space Show may do so on-site at the museum.
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Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

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09 Sep 2016