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The American Museum of Natural History in New York is a fabulous place to visit whether you're a tourist or a resident. This famous museum one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions with 46 permanent exhibition halls as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions. It is home to five active research divisions and three cross-disciplinary centers supporting 200 scientists, and is one of the largest natural history libraries in the Western Hemisphere.
While visiting the Museum of Natural History, be sure to catch the newly rennovated Theodore Roosevelt Memorial. The memorial reopened to the public in October after three years and an extensive $40 million renovation. We visited it recently and it looks amazing.
Roosevelt is often considered the first "biologist-in-chief" because of his passion for the wilderness and his conservation efforts. The refurbished two-story memorial ties in neatly with the neighboring galleries that include the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, the Hall of Biodiversity, the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, and the Hall of North American Forests.
The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall features a new exhibition that traces Roosevelt’s life from budding naturalist to academically trained scientist and President who recognized the intrinsic connection between the great natural resources of this country and the democracy over which he presided. At its center, a new sculpture perfectly captures Theodore Roosevelt the naturalist and policymaker who believed that “we are not building this country of ours for a day. It is to last through the ages.”
Also new at the American Museum of Natural History is an exhibit dedicated to food. "Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture" explores the complex and intricate food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork. Sections are devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting, and celebrating food, whiloe demonstrating the myriad ways that food is produced and moved throughout the world.
This interactive exhibit allows opportunities to taste seasonal treats in the working kitchen, cook a virtual meal, view rare artifacts from the Museum’s collections, and peek into the dining rooms of famous figures throughout history. In addition to experiencing the intersection of food, nature, culture, health, and history the exhibit allows visitors to contemplate some of the most challenging issues of our time.
The American Museum of Natural History is open daily, 10 am–5:45 pm. Suggested general admission, which supports the Museum’s scientific and educational endeavors and offers access to the Museum’s 46 halls including the Rose Center for Earth and Space, is $19 (adults) suggested, $14.50 (students/seniors) suggested, $10.50 (children) suggested. All prices are subject to change.