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Address: 200 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024 - 212-769-5100
Description: The American Museum of Natural History celebrates the grand reopening of the restored Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall and the Hall of North American Mammals on Saturday, October 27, from 11am to 4pm. The festivities will include special family-friendly activities, performances, tours, and nature walks. The reopening launches a year-long celebration of Theodore Roosevelt?s dedication to nature and his instrumental role in fostering the American conservation movement, both of which were inspired by his lifelong association with the Museum. Participating organizations include iNaturalist.org, The Central Park Conservancy, Yellowstone National Park, and Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace.
The day?s public programs include:
· Meet the Experts: Meet Museum scientists, Paul Sweet (Ornithology), Donald McClelland (Botany & Ecology), Eileen Westwig (Mammalogy), and Chris Filardi (Center for Biodiversity) at a special edition of Identification Day. Scientists will attempt to identify your discoveries while showing you some specimens from their own collections.
· Explorer Stations: Learn more about how to become an explorer and naturalist just like President Theodore Roosevelt by visiting our Explorer Stations! Try hands-on activities such as leaf-rubbings, diorama making, nature writing, and building animal habitats!
· Terry Waldo and his Ragtime Band: Enjoy musical performances featuring Ragtime compositions paying tribute to Teddy Roosevelt.
· Central Park Zoo?s Wildlife Theater: These lively performances? Adventures of Captain CoCo at 12pm and The Great Migration Sensation at 2pm?use song, movement, games, and puppets to teach about the importance of animal habitats and what we can do to help protect them.
· Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center: In this live-animal presentation, get up close with such feathered friends as a hawk, falcon, and owl.
· Tree Walks: Explore foliage surrounding the Museum with Leslie Day and Trudy Smoke, author and illustrator of the book Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City.
· Bird Walks: Observe the fall migration of birds in Central Park with naturalists Joseph DiCostanzo and Dale Dyer. Learn how to use field marks, habitat, behavior, and song as aids in identification.
· Archival Tour: Discover artifacts connected to Theodore Roosevelt with Elizabeth Hanson, lead writer in the AMNH Exhibitions Department.
· Diorama Tour: Discover dioramas connected to Theodore Roosevelt with Tom Doncourt, Senior Principal Preparator for the Exhibition Department.
· Conservation Tour: Join Chris Filardi, Director of Pacific Program in the Center for Biodiversity & Conservation, on a tour that teaches you about the conservation efforts taking place right here in the Museum and the halls that best showcase this research.
In honor of the hall reopening the Museum will offer a series of public programs?special workshops, symposia, and concerts for all ages?throughout the year celebrating Roosevelt and his contribution to the American Conservation movement. Upcoming programs include a talk with poet laureate Robert Hass and biologist E.O. Wilson to explore the intersection of art and science and the surprising ways each inspires the other; an evening with award-winning American documentarian Ken Burns (The National Parks: America's Best Idea); and Roosevelt Rangers: To Observe and Collect, a weekend family workshop.
American Museum of Natural History (amnh.org)
The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world?s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum encompasses 46 permanent exhibition halls, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions. Five active research divisions and three cross-disciplinary centers support 200 scientists, whose work draws on a world-class permanent collection of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts, including specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data, as well as one of the largest natural history libraries in the Western Hemisphere. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the only American museum authorized to grant the Ph.D. degree. In 2012, the Museum began offering a pilot Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in earth science. Approximately 5 million visitors from around the world came to the Museum last year, and its exhibitions and Space Shows can be seen in venues on five continents. The Museum?s website and collection of apps for mobile devices extend its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more beyond its walls. Visit amnh.org for more information.
At the American Museum of Natural History
The Museum offers a broad array of programs for adults, children, families, students, educators, and scientists. These range from special exhibitions to symposia, lecture series, workshops, and film festivals. Highlights include Spiders Alive! (July 28-December 2, 2012), an exhibition that features approximately 20 species of live spiders and highlights this intriguing animal group?s anatomy, behavior, and unique characteristics; Creatures of Light: Nature?s Bioluminescence (March 31, 2012-January 6, 2013), an exhibition exploring the extraordinary organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies found in backyards around the world to the alien-like deep-sea fishes and other fantastic creatures that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans; Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies (June 25, 2011-June 24, 2012), an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcasing advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and revealing once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts; Journey to the Stars, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg; and a year-round calendar of engaging and educational public programs that feature dynamic encounters with living cultures and authentic science.