The Natural History Museum 

The Natural History Museum 

The Natural History Museum of New York has been the most important historical-naturalistic museum in the world for over 125 years.

Behind the statue of Theodore Roosevelt stands the façade of the American Museum of Natural History which, with its size, would take days to visit the museum in its entirety.

The things to see absolutely inside the museum are:

  • Lunar rocks, brought to Earth by astronauts during the Apollo missions in the seventies 
  • Blue whale, reproduction of almost 30 meters in length of the largest animal in the world still existing
  • Skeleton of Lucy (presumably a woman who lived 3 million years ago) discovered in 1974 is one of the most complete skeletons of that era
  • Newmont Azurite, famous mineral discovered in 1952
  • Patricia Emerald, one of the largest emeralds in the world, was found in Colombia in 1920. It has 12 faces and 632 carats.
  • Hayden Planetarium, a sphere over 25 meters in diameter that reproduces a complete view of the universe, including nebulae, galaxies, planets, constellations
  • Diorama “Water Hole” with reproductions of zebras, giraffes, gazelles; African elephants, lions, rhinos
  • Hayden Big Bang Theater, with multimedia reconstruction of the Big Bang.
  • Reproduction of Galapagos giant tortoises
  • Folsom Spear Point, a spear detail found in America in the twenties, dating back to 10,000 years ago 
  • Moai, famous monolithic statues emblem of Easter Island (Rapa Nui) 
  • Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex, discovered in the late nineteenth century. 
  • Warren Mastodon, skeleton of the dinosaur that died 11,000 years ago discovered in 1845. To date it is one of the most complete dinosaur skeletons found in the world 

The Natural History Museum became even more famous thanks to the movie “A Night at the Museum” starring Ben Stiller.

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