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Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Museum of Natural History, New York City
You know by now how much I love New York City. My nephew was off from
school last week and we made plans to meet him and his dad at the Museum
of Natural History at 77th Street and Central Park West.
It was a beautiful day, sandwiched between two rainy, icy days so we
considered ourselves lucky. Stelios and I walked up Central Park West
for twelve blocks passing by the Museum of the City of New York on the
way, where I had to stop and greet Lincoln standing at the steps.
The familiar smell of old New York
buildings brought me back to childhood memories of school visits to
the Museum as soon as we stepped into the great entrance hall. The old marble halls, the gleaming brass handles of the
staircases, the grand scale exhibits felt so comfortingly familiar that I almost sighed with
pleasure as we crossed the cavernous entrance with the dinosaurs into
the elephant exhibit.
The giant beasts stand in a cluster at the center of the room in the
exact same pose as they have been when I fist saw them as a New York
City public school first grader eons ago. They are as alive and vibrant
as ever and I wanted to reach out and touch their majestic legs when I
spied the "DO NOT TOUCH" sign. I guess a lot of people have the same
The Willamette Meteorite
The Great Canoe
The Star of India
We strolled through the labyrinthine exhibit halls and among others we visited the Human Origins exhibit and the Hall of Minerals and Gems, the Great Canoe and the Dinosaurs, of course.This was a broad overview. One could spend days wondering through the halls of this iconic New York City Museum and still not see everything there is.
If you are ever in New York City, the Museum of Natural History is a must on your list.