Sample of the Permanent Halls (included for all visitors)
Akeley Hall of African Mammals
Since its opening in 1936, the hall has been considered one of the world's great museum displays with 28 dioramas in this hall depicting some of the many animals and habitats of Africa. All the animals have been reconstructed with such scientific accuracy and detail that they appear astoundingly lifelike. It was named after Carl Akeley (1864-1926), the explorer,
conservationist, taxidermist, sculptor, and photographer who conceived
of, designed, and collected for this hall.
Guggenheim Hall of Minerals, and Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems
halls contain exquisite treasures systematically arranged according to
their physical properties to showcase an extraordinary range of size,
color and shape. A highlight is the 563-carat Star of India, the largest and most famous sapphire in the world as well as the Patricia Emerald, a 632-carat specimen that is one of
the very few large, gem-quality emeralds that have been preserved uncut.
Spitzer Hall of Human Origins
in 2007, it is the first major exhibition to present, side by side, the
mutually reinforcing evidence of the fossil record and cutting-edge DNA
research. The hall covers millions of years of human history,
from the emergence of our earliest ancestors through the evolution of
our own species. It presents a fascinating mix of fossils, film, interactive media, life-size tableaux, ancient artifacts, and more.
Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
renovated, the hall is now a 29,000 square-foot (2,694 square meters)
fully immersive marine environment with high definition video
projections, interactive computer stations, and eight new ocean habitat
displays. Be dwarfed by the celebrated 94-foot (28.6 m) blue whale, one of the
Museum's star attractions, floats in a "virtual ocean" created through
dramatic lighting, video and sound effects. The Andros Coral
Reef, a two level diorama containing 40 tons (36 metric tonnes) of coral, allows a unique
view of this ecosystem above and below the water.
Special Exhibitions and Attractions Included with the Supersaver Ticket
The Power of Poison
(November 16, 2013–August 10, 2014)
Explore the perils, power, and potential of poison in this new exhibition. See a life-sized scene of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Discover where the phrase "mad as a hatter" originated from and explore other tales of the effects of poison that filter into life in surprising ways.
The Butterfly Conservatory
(October 12, 2013 ―May 26, 2014)
Mingle with more than 500 live, free flying butterflies in an enclosed habitat with lush vegetation and live flowering plants.gle with more than 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies in an enclosed habitat
Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
(April 5, 2014–January 5, 2015)
Neither dinosaurs nor birds, pterosaurs are an extraordinarily diverse group of winged reptiles—the first vertebrates to evolve powered flight. The exhibition will have a special focus on flight, comparing pterosaurs to birds and bats in particular and exploring both similarities and differences. Fossils, casts, lifelike models, videos, hands-on interactives and other exhibits will bring pterosaurs to life.
IMAX FILM: Mysteries of the Unseen World in 2D and 3D Digital
(through July 5, 2014)
Mysteries of the Unseen World, narrated by Academy Award winner Forrest Whitaker, takes viewers on a journey to see things not visible to the naked eye, thanks to the film’s innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology.
Hayden Planetarium Space Show
Go beyond the night sky and into deep space with your narrator, famed astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson, to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold.
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