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Founded in 1869, The American Museum of Natural History has become one of the most preeminent scientific and cultural institutions in the world. It's located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in Theodore Roosevelt Park, which is directly across the street from central Park. It was first housed in the Arsenal, from the year of its founding until 1877, when the original Victorian Gothic structure, part of which can be seen in the photo, was constructed. The complex now comprises 26 interconnected buildings which house 45 permanent exhibition halls, a planetarium and a library. It has a full-time scientific staff of 225, with many more employees engaged in various other activities within the museum. About five million patrons visit annually.

The mission statement of the AMNH is "to discover, interpret and disseminate through scientific research and education, knowledge about human cultures, the natural world and the universe." As such, the collections in this substantial structure are among the most comprehensive in the world. It contains some 34 million specimens, including plants, animals, fossils, rocks and minerals, meteorites, human remains and cultural artifacts. It is now also home to frozen tissue and genomic specimens. The museum owes its existence to many American luminaries who supported it, including Theodore Roosevelt, Sr., the father of the future president, who was one of the founders, along with well-known New York residents Robert Colgate, Benjamin H. Field, J.P. Morgan, A.G. Phelps Dodge, and others. It was the brain-child of naturalist Dr. Albert S. Bickmore, who successfully petitioned the governor of New York to create the museum, a world-renowned research institute.

The original gothic structure was embellished with several additions, until about 1930, after which little change occurred, until recently. It's undergone several renovations, however. A further expansion is anticipated to replace three existing structures, which was approved in 2016 and began in 2019. It's likely to be a continuing influence in the scientific community for years to come.

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  • Copyright: Terez Anon (terez93) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 92 W: 78 N: 1276] (2193)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-04-00
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2022-04-01 18:36
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