The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures. Here you can explore some of the iconic features of the Museum!
Also in the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems is the largest topaz on display anywhere in the world. This huge 596-pound gem is lit from below to emphasize its pale yellow color.
Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond Unveiled at Museum
While no longer on display, the Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond was unveiled at the American Museum of Natural History for public view in 2010 in the Museum's Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals. The Wittelsbach-Graff Diamond is an extraordinary 31.06-carat natural fancy deep blue diamond that was on display at the Museum, courtesy of Laurence Graff.
Dr. Shapiro and Dr. Clark with cast of Easter Island statue, Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples, 1935.
Inside the collections—Pacific Peoples.
While the artifacts on display in the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples highlight the diverse cultures of Pacific Islands, they represent only a small sample of the 26,000 objects in the collections of the Museum's Division of Anthropology.
Join curator of Pacific Ethnology Jennifer Newell on a tour of some collections highlights, including lei niho palaoa, Hawaiian pendants made of braided human hair and whale's tooth; a carved bird head from Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island; and an introduction to a whale-riding Maori ancestor figure known as Paikea.
Above: Watch the Whale Wash.
Below: Another Milstein Hall of Ocean Life highlight is the giant squid and sperm whale diorama. It’s deep. It’s dark. And the giant squid and the sperm whale are facing off—in the fight of the century.
Meet one of the most iconic dinosaurs in the world. The Museum's T. rex is a prime example of one of the largest, most powerful carnivores ever to walk the Earth.
To experience even more of the American Museum of Natural History, (AMNH) download the Museum's app, Explorer. Enjoy behind-the-scenes stories about exhibits, captivating interactives, stimulating quizzes and start planning your visit!
From centuries-old specimens to entirely new types of specialized collections like frozen tissues and genomic data, the Museum's scientific collections (with more than 33,000,000 specimens and artifacts) form an irreplaceable record of life on Earth, the span of geologic time, and knowledge about our vast universe.
Want to go behind the scenes? Shelf Life is a collection for curious minds—opening doors, pulling out drawers, and taking the lids off some of the incredible, rarely-seen items in the American Museum of Natural History.
Check out the first episode of Shelf Life below!