The Natural History Museum has many amazing exhibitions from the blue whale to the newest dinosaur discovery. The museum covers areas such as the environment, reptiles, fossils, mammals, and planetary science. It was very educational and entertaining and we loved the wide variety of exhibits.
About the Natural History Museum
The museum was founded in 1869 and is focused on human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. The museum is well known for its exhibitions and scientific collections.
In addition to the exhibitions, the museum focuses on teaching people of all ages. They offer field trips for students as well as post-secondary education programs. They also have after hour’s lectures and programs for adults. I love the night at the museum event they have for kids, kind of like the movie. I want to go to that one.
The museum is very pretty and formal looking as you enter. Inside they try to keep it fun and interactive. There are a wide variety of exhibitions to cover just about anyone’s interests. There are many permanent exhibitions including:
- Ocean Life – this is where you can see the enormous blue whale on display. It is a 94-foot long 21,000-pound model. We liked the coral reefs and the dolphin display.
- Biodiversity – the spectrum of life exhibit shows life across 3.5 billion years of evolution. There are more than 1,500 species displayed.
- Reptiles and Amphibians – we enjoyed the leatherback turtle exhibit as well as poison dart frogs and Komodo dragons.
- Fossils – this where you can find T-Rex and my favorite, the Velociraptor.
- Mammals – covered North American, Asian and African mammals as well as primates.
- Hayden Planetarium – theater that displays a realistic view of space and planets.
We were surprised by how many interesting things there were to see. In addition to these exhibitions, they have others that change frequently. While we were there they also had Cuba, mummies and Titanosaur exhibits.
The Titanosaur was recently discovered in the Patagonian desert region of Argentina. The dinosaur was a 122-foot long herbivore weighing in at around 70 tons. It is one of the largest dinosaurs ever found and is such a new discovery that it has not been formally named.
The Natural History Museum did 3D scans of the bones and then created casts of the dinosaur out of fiberglass. It is so large that the dinosaur can’t fit in one room. Its head sticks out into the next room to greet visitors. It is funny to walk up on a dinosaur head with no body.
Space and more
The Dark Universe show in the Hayden Planetarium was spectacular. You travel 100 million light years away from Earth and then eventually get back to the Milky Way Galaxy. You learn about dark matter and dark energy and speculate on what lies beyond our cosmic boundaries. It really shows how little we know about space.
New York has so many things to do and we went to several attractions on our visit including the MET and Guggenheim. The Natural History Museum was a nice ending to our museum visits. It was a broader range of subjects and many of the exhibitions left you thinking about how much is undiscovered in our world. The Titanosaur is a great example of a new discovery of one of the largest dinosaurs ever, and it just recently happened. It shows that there is always something new for us to learn.
“No great discovery was made without a bold guess”
– Isaac Newton
Rating (4 stars):
Pros: Educational, entertaining, variety of exhibits
Cons: Crowded so hard to see everything
Priority: Medium – lots of good exhibits
Savvy Tip: Check out the exhibit for the recently discovered Titanosaur
Cost: $23 general admission, lower if purchase City Pass