American Museum of Natural History Anniversary
On this date in 1871, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City opened to the public. So perfectly summed up from their website:
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.
One of the greatest geographical benefits of growing up just 75 miles from New York City was my access, and fortunately, regular exposure to the AMNH. It became a regular “pilgrimage” of sorts, either as part of a school field trip, or with my family. My family and I were there a few months ago, and as with every other time I have gone, I always look forward to returning.
That’s the way a museum is supposed to leave the visitor, and the AMNH is second to none in that category.