The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the world, and is one of the most impressive places I have ever visited! Oh.. and its also the main character in “Night at the Museum”.
The museum is so large I highly recommend on entry you should pick up a map or you can download the app. We went for the app and downloaded the “Night at the Museum” self guided tour. The app showed you where you currently were, and where you needed to get to, which came in handy a few times as you could very easily get lost.
The museum is known for its large collection of fossils including the very impressive Tyrannosaurus rex! This was my favourite part of the day and we spent a great amount of time here. It’s amazing to think these wonderful creatures actually walked on our planet.
Fact – The fossil was originally arranged so that the dinosaur stood upright. Museum scientists later determined that it was more accurate to show the Tyrannosaurus rex mounted in a stalking position, with its head low, tail extended, and one foot slightly raised.
The museum also offers a choice of exhibitions. We booked in for the 3D exhibit – “Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean”
“Filmed over three years at locations around the world, including the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean (40 min.) is narrated by renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, and marine biologist Holly Lohuis take viewers on a breathtaking journey underwater. Audiences will see more than 30 species of marine animals, including animals seldom seen by even the most experienced divers, such as Christmas tree worms, basket stars, banded cleaner shrimp, and fishes such as gobies and blennies. The footage illuminates behaviors of underwater animals captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control.
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean is directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau and produced by Ocean Futures Society and 3D Entertainment Films.”
This show was absolutely beautiful, and I learned so much about animals I didn’t even know existed! I’ve never actually seen an Imax movie before so this made for an even greater experience.
Current exhibits also include; Life at the Limits, The Butterfly Conservatory and Spiders alive.
You could easily spend a whole day here; visiting the Hall of Ocean Life, North American Mammals, Birds of the World, Hall of Pacific Peoples, The Dinosaurs and so much more.
Unfortunately we only had time for a half day, but on our next trip to NYC we’ll be heading back again. Make sure you add the American Museum of Natural History to your NYC bucket list – you won’t regret it.
Is this on your bucket list?