Wednesday, October 24, 2012

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History, located at Central Park West and 77th street on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. Located on park grounds across the street from Central Park, the Museum comprises 25 interconnected buildings that house 46 permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories, and its renowned library.

The collections contain over 32 million specimens, The Museum has a scientific staff of more than 200, sponsors over 100 special field expeditions each year, and averages about five million visits annually.

The American Museum of Natural History entrance on Central Park West, the New York State Memorial to Theodore Roosevelt, completed by John Russell Pope in 1936, is an overscaled Beaux-Arts monument. (IMAGE 1)

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In 1874, the cornerstone was laid for the Museum's first building, which is now hidden from view by the many buildings in the complex The original Victorian Gothic building, which was opened in 1877, was designed by Calvert Vaux and J. Wrey Mould, both already closely identified with the architecture of Central Park It was soon eclipsed by the south range of the Museum, designed by J. Cleaveland Cady, an exercise in rusticated brownstone neo-Romanesque, influenced by H. H. Richardson. It extends 700 feet along West 77th Street, with corner towers 150 feet (46 m) tall. (IMAGE 2)

American Museum of Natural history

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

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