From 2012 to 2016 (when I lived in New York) and since 2017 (whenever I visit New York), I've had the pleasure of guiding visitors through the halls of the American Museum of Natural History on Highlights Tours. In just 90 minutes, I get to tell visitors from around the world about the wonders of our world and the universe in which we live. Clearly, this can be a daunting task. I also give Spotlight Tours of specific Halls including the Fossil Halls on the fourth floor and The Hall of Human Origins. Obviously not every detail can be included on these tours, so I always tell our patrons that they can continue their visit after they leave the Museum. Listed below are some of the web links that I recommend for the more popular stops on our journey.
Before you check out the weblinks, here's a little bit about me and my connection to AMNH:
An article about my work as a docent appears in the Summer 2014 issue of ROTUNDA MAGAZINE, published by the American Museum of Natural History for its members. Go to ROTUNDA's website and click on SUMMER 2014. The article appears on PAGE 20:
The following weblinks will allow you to see and read about current exhibits at the Museum and to explore material about everything from dinosaurs to the Red Spot on Jupiter.
1. THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY WEBSITE: This link takes you to the Museum’s home webpage where you can find out about a variety of things, from information about specific exhibitions to visiting hours. www.amnh.org
RESTORING THE HALL OF NORTH AMERICAN MAMMALS: Over a dozen short videos tell you how the dioramas in the Museum are made--and then preserved. These videos focus on the restoration of the Hall of North American Mammals in 2012, but much of the information applies to the other 150 dioramas in the Museum. http://www.amnh.org/explore/amnh.tv/%28category%29/42948
AMNH LIVE: Live lectures on a variety of topics occur on a regular basis at the Museum. These videos allow you to hear and see these often lively presentations on topics ranging from Autism to Deep Sea Exploration.
“I think there’s something incredibly profound [and beautiful] in the idea that inside every organ, cell, and gene of our body [there] lie deep connections to the rest of life [past and present] on our planet.”
Neil Shubin, Evolutionary Biologist
DISCLAIMER: I do not represent the Museums mentioned on this website. My photos, links, and comments are personal points of view that do not necessarily reflect any official position by the administration of those Museums or their curators.