To discover, interpret, and disseminate-through scientific research and education-knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe.
Since its founding in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has collected more than 32 million specimens relating to the natural world and human cultures. The Museum showcases its amazing treasures in the exhibit halls, and behind the scenes more than 200 scientists are at work making new discoveries. Millions of people from around the world visit the Museum each year.
In its New York premiere, MacGillivray Freeman Filmâ€™s National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness of Americaâ€™s national parks. Narrated by Academy Award…Read More »
The evolution of life on Earth is full of amazing episodes. But one story that really captures the imagination is the transition from the familiar, charismatic dinosaurs that dominated the planet for around 170 million years into a new, small, airbor…Read More »
Earthquakes. Volcanoes. Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Awesome in their destructive power, these natural events remind us that we are small and vulnerable—and that living on this dynamic planet will always entail risk. How serious is that risk? Scienc…Read More »
This is one of the museum's most popular annual seasonal exhibitions. Butterflies and moths make up a large group of insects known as the Order Lepidoptera (lep-i-DOP-ter-ah). The nameâ€”from the Greek lepido, "scale," and ptera, "wings"â€”refers to …Read More »
Featuring scientific illustrations spanning five centuries, the new exhibition Natural Histories: 400 Years of Scientific Illustration from the Museumâ€™s Library explores the integral role illustration has played in scientific discovery through 50 s…Read More »