An enduring, landmark achievement, the American Museum of Natural History is among the world’s most comprehensive and vastest institutions for science and culture. Originally founded in 1869, the AMNH has undergone successions of expansion over intervening decades, and today includes 25 interconnected buildings comprising 46 permanent exhibition halls where the museum impacts visitors with lavishly rendered, technically-innovative information possible about anthropology, our natural world and the cosmos.
AMNH is home to humanity’s largest collection of vertebrate fossils, totaling nearly one-million specimens—rather than conventional chronological layout, however, the fossils are arranged according to evolutionary relationships, which profoundly and dramatically elucidate the origins of life. In its Ocean Life Hall, AMNH’s star attraction—a 94-foot blue whale model—hovers over visitors, suspended from the ceiling by its dorsal fin. The museum’s latest addition, the monumental Rose Center, soars 120-feet high, serving as an educational platform and research center to explore the universe’s 13-billion-year-old history. An architectural and cultural landmark, the AMNH also curates rotating exhibitions where all the world and its wonders are on display for edification and enjoyment.