American Museum of Natural History | New York City

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The American Museum of Natural History was established in 1869 and is located on Central Park West at 79th Street in New York, New York. The museum is the world’s most distinguished museums for its scientific cultures, educational programs, human cultures, exhibitions and the many scientific research programs it offers.


The scientific collections found in the museum serve as the planets panorama for the different cultures found in the world. Visitors from all around the world travel to the museum to discover America’s treasure from all parts of the planet.


 American Museum of Natural History


History of the Museum
The history of the museum dates back to its founding in 1869 when the official bill was signed to create the American Museum of Natural History by New York Governor John Thompson Hoffman. John David Wolfe became president of the museum in 1870 and it wasn’t until 1871 when a series of collections went on display for the first time in the Central Park Arsenal. Central Park Arsenal was the original home of the museum.


The museum outgrew its original building and moved to its current location in 1874. However, the first building didn’t open to the public until 1877 after President Rutherford Hayes performed the public ceremony.


From 1880 to the early 1930’s the museum was involved with many expeditions that took place to discover unmapped areas of Siberia, North Poke, Gobi and Mongolia. These explorations sent representatives and scientists on a journey all around the globe to bring back different discoveries that would become artifacts in the museum today.


Exhibits, Education and More
There has been and are many renowned exhibits throughout the museums history such as Journey to the Stars, Meeting God, Climate Change, Vietnam, Silk Road, The Nature of Diamonds and Cave of the Warrior. Margaret Mead and Roy Chapman Andrews are among the many scientists that have visited the museum.


The IMAX (Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater) has been completely remodeled featuring one of the biggest wide screens ranging at around forty foot in height and sixty foot wide.
The Rose Center for Earth and Space is one of the newest halls opening in 2000. There are many exhibits about the universe and space found here along with the Hayden Planetarium.
Other interesting halls to visit include The Cultural Halls, Birds and Mammal Hall, Fossil Halls, Hall of Human Origin and the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.


Learning opportunities are always being created here. The Education Department has put together some of the most innovating learning programs for all ages. In fact, the museum invites and encourages everyone to get involved with exciting opportunities to explore the history of our planet and different cultures.


Visiting American Museum of Natural History
The museum is opened daily and closed on two major holidays. Scheduled hours of operation can be found by visiting the museums website. There are public and group tours that run regularly for the whole family to enjoy. To accommodate visitors there is a food court on the lower level with a wide variety of different eateries. Click here to read more on American Museum of Natural History.


The museum offers a shop that is jam packed with interesting items to take home as a souvenir for the whole family that includes artifacts, jewelry, t-shirts and more.


Museum of Arts and Design in New York City

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Museum of Arts and Design is located on Columbus Circle in New York, New York. It is formerly known as the American Craft Museum and is one of the national icons of New York. The Museum of Arts and Design or MAD focuses on the creativity of art and craft of today through digital and artisanal processes. The museum is an accredited museum by the American Association of Museums.


More than 250,000 tourists from all around the world and locally visit the museum each year. The museum was found by the American Craft Council in the 1950’s. The museum features four floors that were designed by Roche-Dinkeloo. The museum hosts many collections, exhibitions, workshops and other programs for visitors to learn the trade of art.


Museum of Arts and Design in New York City


History of the Museum of Arts and Design
The museum was founded in 1956 and relocated in 1986 to West 53rd Street. It was then when it was renamed after its founders to The American Craft Museum. Aileen Osborn Webb played the role of putting together the craft museum. The primary mission was to attract the public’s attention with the creativity of craft. It wasn’t until 2002 when the museum changed its name to what it is today and moved to its current location in 2008 opening to visitors.


For more than half a century the museum has been the country’s leading institute for dedicating collections and exhibitions of all modern creations such as glass, clay, metal, wood and fiber for art lovers and visitors from all around the world. The milestone was set more than 70 years ago when Aileen Osborn Webb founded the American Craftsmen’s Council in 1942.


Collections and Exhibits
Visitors have the opportunity to view some of the most mesmerizing collections in the world. There are more than 2000 objects that contain furniture, jewelry, clay, fiber and other items. Every object is considered an extensive piece of art for its innovation and skill coming from American designers and designers from other parts of the world including Europe and Asia. Together with new advanced technologies and the internet, 95% of the permanent collections are now accessible to view online.


With the permanent collections at the museum there are also exhibitions to explore when visiting such as Daniel Brush; a professor, writer and artist that has an astonishing mind for exceptional sculpture paintings and is a master when it comes to craftsman’s hands, or past exhibitions like Dead or Alive. This exhibition showcased more than 30 international artists who renovated organic materials into sculptures that were once living organisms such as plant materials, feathers and silkworm cocoons. Click here to read more on Museum of Arts and Design.


Visiting the Museum
The museum is conveniently located for accessibility from all parts of New York. It is open daily with hours varying on certain days. It is accessible for visitors that need wheelchair assistance. Visitors with disabilities are top priority as MAD prides itself on providing accessibility for visitors in need. Guided and personal tours are available. You can plan your visit and book your tour on the website or by calling in advance.


New York City Library

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Dating back to 1886 the New York Library is a public library organization with more than 90 locations including four research centers found all across New York with branches located in Staten Island, Manhattan and the Bronx. It is considered the second largest library in the country and world. It is managed by an independent nonprofit organization. More than 15 million people visit the library each year and more than 1.5 million people have obtained a New York Library card.

New York Public Library

The Main Research Library is known for its numerous appearances in famous films and television shows. The library’s main focus is on social sciences, humanities, business, culture and industry. The library system provides more than 50 million items that are all open and free access to all electronic and physical information and collections. Each year there are many exhibitions and programs offered including learning, technology and researching services.


Back when New York was developing and becoming one of the most unique cities known for its urban culture is when the origin of the library was created. In the latter part of the 19th the growing of New York City was to become one of the most populous cities therefore a proper library was a must resulting in the request of Samuel J. Tilden who donated $2.4 million for the creation of the library. More than $5.0 million was donated by Andrew Carnegie in 1901 for the creation of the branches. In 1911 was when the main research library was opened to the public.


Research Libraries
There are four research libraries with the main one located at Fifth Avenue and 42th Street. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is the main research library consisting of a Beaux Arts structure that has been open since the early 1900’s. It was designed by Carrere and Hastings and is famous for its main reading room. It is a fully accessible center that is open daily.


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Center is located at 40 Lincoln Center Plaza that is open daily and is fully accessible.


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is partially accessible located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard and is closed on Monday’s.


The fourth research organization is the Science, Industry and Business Library that is located on Madison Avenue and 34th Street.


Visiting the New York Library
Research libraries, main reading room and circulating libraries are open to the public. Library cards are free for those who reside, work and study in New York City. All other visitors must obtain a library card for a minimal fee. Visitors come to the New York Library from more than 200 countries each year. There are many exhibitions, collections and services to be offered including online collections. The New York Library is a memory icon for one that seeks great knowledge. Its uncountable collections top the highest entities in the world such as the Library of Congress and the British Library. Click here to read more on New York Public Library.