Sunday, August 29, 2010

American Museum of Natural History - New York

Saturday, 21 August, 2010

It was a late start and we (me, Anisha & Neha - colleagues) reached the American Museum of Natural History around 13:00 PM. We took the C train from 42nd Street, (Times Square, Port Authority) subway station. We got down at the 81st street station which let us directly to the ticket counter at the museum. Our official id were good enough to get us in the museum.

We took the chart and went straight to the fourth floor to the Saurischian Dinosaurs displays and were greeted with the huge skeletons of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Allosaurus (both carnivorous) and a Apatosaurus a huge huge plant eating dinosaur. There were other smaller exhibits as well.

We moved in through the Ornithischian Dinosaurs hall to the Primitive Mammals hall then to the hall of Advanced Mammals. I was amazed with the displays and also how well kept they are.

On the third floor the Sanford Hall of North American Birds and the Akeley Hall of African Mammals were fantastic. We also saw the various exhibits of the American Indians, Asian Peoples and African Peoples.

On the second floor we took time to see the Big Bang Theater which was a history of time itself and beyond. The walk on the Helibrunn Cosmic Pathway was a walk through the history of time where each step equaled 45 million years of history. Human history is like less than a second in this space time equation. I felt less than microscopic to be in a small planet to a small start in a fringe of a mid sized galaxy. The Gas Pillars of the Trifid Nebula is scaled at one million light year in size. Hard to imagine that type of a distance and I rather leave that to your imagination.

Around 5:15 we were tired and decided to call it a day. There are lots in the museum still to explore and would return there soon.

Back home I was satisfied with my small outing.

Check the pictures I took here. Please note the pictures are nothing special as they were taken with a mobile phone. I shall update when i get a better camera.

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