Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T!
New Dinosaur Exhibit►
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!
This time, there was a new dino in town. It is so big; it cannot be contained in its room. Its head peeks out into the hallway greeting visitors as they approach. The American Museum of Natural History added the cast to its exhibits in 2016. This Patagotitan was discovered in Argentina in 2009. It was the largest of the Sauropods, weighed 70 tons and was 122 feet long.
Meet the Titanosaur►
In this brief video, learn about this recent discovery and the skeleton’s recreation inside the Wallach Orientation Center.
- Theodore Roosevelt Memorial
- Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples
- Cultural Halls
- Fossil Halls
Location: 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024
Date designated/established: June 24, 1976
Date of my visit: September 9, 2020