The American Museum of Natural History (abbreviated as AMNH) is an American natural history museum situated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York City. It is located in Theodore Roosevelt Park, across the street from Central Park in New York City. The museum complex comprises 26 interconnected buildings that house the 45 permanently open exhibition spaces, the planetarium, and a library. The museum’s collections comprise more than 34 million objects of plants fossils, animals minerals, meteorites, rocks, human remains, human cultural artifacts, and also specific collections for frozen tissue as well as genomic and astrophysical information and astrophysical data, of which only a small fraction of them is displayed at any moment. The museum is spread across two million square feet (190,000 square meters). AMNH is home to a full-time science staff of 225. They sponsor more than 120 field trips each year and have an average of 5 million visits per year.
The mission 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.”
Akeley Hall of African Mammals
Named in honor of the taxidermist Carl Akeley, the Akeley Hall of African Mammals is a two-story building located directly to the left of the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda. The 28 dioramas in the hall depict in a detailed manner the amazing diversity of the ecosystems that are found in Africa and the species that are native to these ecosystems. The main feature of the hall is an eight-headed pack of African elephants in an iconic “alarmed” formation. Although mammals are usually the most prominent feature of dioramas and displays, birds and flora can be seen. In the past 80 years since Akeley Hall was established, several species have gone extinct, some critically endangered, and the areas have been deforested. H&A Power Washing NYC
Hall of Asian Mammals
The Hall of Asian Mammals, sometimes called the Vernay-Faunthorpe Hall of Asian Mammals, is a single-story hall located on the right side of the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda. It has eight complete and four partial dioramas and six habitat groups for mammals and places, including India, Nepal, Burma, and Malaysia. The hall was inaugurated in 1930 and, like the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, is focused on two Asian elephants. In the past, the giant panda and Siberian Tiger were included as part of the collection of Hall, initially planned as part of the adjoining Hall of North Asian Mammals (planned to be located in the current site of Stout Hall of Asian Peoples). The specimens are currently observed within the Hall of Biodiversity. Hall of Biodiversity.
Sanford Hall of North and Amphibian Halls
Sanford Hall of North American Birds Sanford Hall of North American birds is a hall with a single story located on the museum’s third floor. The Hall of African Peoples is between the Hall of Primates and Akeley Hall’s second floor. The 25 dioramas in the hall depict birds of North America in their native habitats. The exhibits opened in 1909, and the dioramas of Sanford Hall were the first to be displayed at the museum. They are currently the oldest currently in the museum. Near the end of the hall are two huge murals created by artist and ornithologist Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Alongside the species mentioned in the following paragraphs, this gallery includes display cases devoted to large collections of owls, warblers, and Raptors.
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