American Museum of Natural History: Fossil Halls

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The American Museum of Natural History first opened in the Central Park Arsenal in 1871. It moved to its present location on Central Park West in 1874. The museum’s mission is “To discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe.”

I have visited the American Museum of Natural History in New York City many times. I have always loved visiting the dinosaur halls on the fourth floor, though it is arguably the most popular spot in the museum. The crowds usually make it difficult to appreciate all the specimens on display.

I visited on the first day the museum reopened after shutting down for COVID for months. Unencumbered by hordes of tourists, it was the best visit I have ever had here. Tickets were timed and limited in capacity, so I had most exhibits to myself, including the dinosaurs!

The fourth floor houses all the dinosaur casts as well as extinct mammals and other creatures. There are six halls: The Milstein Hall of Advanced Mammals, Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs, Hall of Primitive Mammals, Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, Hall of Vertebrate Origins, and the Wallach Orientation Center. The Wallach Center showcases Titanosaur, AMNH’s newest find.


In this video by AMNH, learn about the most well-known dinosaur and the part the museum’s archaeological expeditions played in the fossils’ discovery.

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Location: 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
Designation: NRHP
Date designated/established: June 24, 1976
Date of my visit: September 9, 2020

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