Saturday, December 19, 2015

Day 2256 - American Museum of Natural History

Night at the Museum! (Only it was in the day time.)

Blue sky photo borrowed from Wikipedia (due to the fact my photos were taken in the torrential rain)

Yes I admit it. The main reason we went to the American Museum of Natural History was because of the movie.  When we started it was about finding all the characters. But after half an hour or so we'd forgotten about the Hollywood version and just enjoyed the museum for what it was.  A museum of natural history.

It was a bugger getting there.  It was raining in NYC and we a four day pass on the Go Tours bus so we insisted on using it given it was paid for. But the bugger was that the downstairs area of the bus was full and standing is apparently against the law. So we either had to wait 30 minutes for the next bus or head to the top and sit in the rain.

We headed to the top and sat in the rain.  Let's just say the rain was torrential and our two little black fold-up umbrellas were no match for the top deck.  The bus company did provide us with plastic ponchos but again, no match for a torrential downpour on the top deck.

Let's just say we arrived at the museum a tad wet.

We got over it quickly though and started our journey through animals, artifacts, oceans, space, humans and dinosaurs.  It was a combination of fixed exhibition halls, visiting exhibits, iMax experiences, guided tours and hands-on viewing.

The first thing to say about the museum is that it's BIG.  We only allowed ourselves an afternoon and we didn't get to finish it.

The other thing to say about it is that it's old. The building itself is steeped in history and the wonder of times past.

It's also quite "global". I was thinking it would be all about the USA but while it did have American overtones it was actually quite global.  We did run across some kangaroos, kookaburras and magpies, as well as the odd bower bird.

Image from the AMNH Website

Image from the AMNH Website

All in all it was a great way to spend a very rainy afternoon!

We ditched the bus on the way home choosing instead to head underneath the museum to the subway. For $3 a person we got a single fare ride via the B Train (orange line) into the Rockefellar Centre which was walking distance from our hotel.  Quick and relatively easy (although the ticket machines were a bit time consuming and cumbersome).

If you're ever in New York, the American Museum of Natural History has something for all ages. Another must see. The cost of entry is $22 USD per adult, $12.50 USD and seniors/students $17 USD.

Oh yeah, and if you're into celebrity spotting, you'll come across a few "movie stars".

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