Sunday, February 10, 2013

Natural History Museum - NYC

I felt today would be the perfect day to share photos of what we did last Sunday. We sent a better part of the day at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The museum is impressive and you've for sure seen it featured in movies and TV. It's been featured in movies like Night at the museum, Miracle on 34th Street and Spider-man 2.

As much as I'd want to share everything, I'll stick with some of the highlights (and some of the photos that turned out well, it's pretty dim in there).

American Museum of Natural History
The main entrance is already pretty impressive.

American Museum of Natural History
There are dioramas everywhere. Those are the large 'display cases' with animals in their natural habitat and in action. They're frankly quite impressive. And pretty large too. Obviously the size is often correspondent of the size of the animals displayed. These things are hard to take photos of though.

American Museum of Natural History
Leading up to the Ocean hall, was a wall of all sorts of creepy crawlies. Not my favourite... Chris seemed interested enough though.

American Museum of Natural History
The hall itself was impressive and not least by the gigantic whale hovering over the two story hall.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History A few other impressive marine dioramas.

American Museum of Natural History
We decided to see one of the special exhibitions and chose (shockingly) "Our Global Kitchen". When you get tickets for the changing exhibitions, you'll get a time to go there. It makes sense since this one at least was fairly small and any more people would've definitely made it near impossible to actually enjoy it. This was actually the only time in the entire museum it felt crowded. There was a chocolate making stop along the way, which was constantly packed full of people.

American Museum of Natural History
The best parts for me of the exhibition were example meals of people all through history (yeah, I'm sure that wasn't a surprise for anyone). With the dim lighting, it was hard to get photos where both, the explanation and the food were properly lit. I found this one of ├Âtzi pretty neat, but I loved the details on some of the others. The displays were set as the dining spaces of the period they represented and meals built specifically for the historical characters, like Jane Austen (ice cream) and Kublai Khan (the first fusion kitchen).

American Museum of Natural History
The most impressive things were all the skeletons.

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs! Not going to lie, the dinosaurs might have been the deciding factor when Chris and I decided which museum to visit. MoMa doesn't have dinosaurs, just saying...

American Museum of Natural History There were exhibits on Polynesia...

American Museum of Natural History
...Africa...

American Museum of Natural History
...and Asia.

American Museum of Natural History
I took a few hundred photos easily and would've loved to share them all! Once I gave the camera to Chris for a bit, I continued taking photos with my phone. And towards the end I was exhausted and ready to go to sleep, but kept on going after brief break amidst all the exhibits. What a nerd!

I loved this place and will happily go again one day.

I have a ton more photos from NYC, I'll show them to you soon and maybe a few more from the museum too...

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