The American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan’s Upper West Side is the world’s largest natural history museum.
Latin Events at American Museum of Natural History
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 6:30pm Cuba: Threads of Change is a conversation that explores Cuba’s remarkable biodiversity and its changing relationship with the United States. Historian and policy expert Julia Sweig, anthropologist Ruth Behar, environmental lawyer Dan Whittle, and herpetologist and co-curator of ¡Cuba! Chris Raxworthy lead a lively dialogue focused on contemporary Cuba and its people, identity, and biodiversity. Moderated by conservation biologist and co-curator of ¡Cuba! Ana Luz Porzecanski.
A performance in ¡Cuba! by award-winning storyteller David Gonzalez follows.
¡Cuba! is an exhibition about the diverse natural environment of Cuba. November 21, 2016 – August 13, 2017
The Titanosaur is a 122-foot-long dinosaur whose skeleton was discovered in Argentina. January 15, 2016 – January 1, 2020
About the American Museum of Natural History
The Museum’s main entrance on Central Park West is a Beaux-Arts facade built in 1936.
The Museum was has over 33 million specimens, some of which are displayed in 45 exhibition halls, along with a planetarium and a library.
Nature in Latin countries is covered in many of the Museum’s halls.
The “Hall of Mexico and Central America” contains Pre-Columbian artifacts of Maya, Toltec, Olmec, Aztec, and other Mesoamerican cultures. One of the museum’s treasures is a 20-ton Aztec Stone of the Sun.
The Hall of South American Peoples features exhibits of ancient Peruvian Andes, Brazilian Amazon, and ancient Argentine/Chilean coastal cultures.
The Hall of Birds of the World displays scenes of Argentine pampas, and the Andean condor.
The Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians has exhibits of a Cuban frog, Central and South American Poison dart frog, the Galápagos giant tortoise (Ecuadorian).
The Hall of Primitive Mammals displays skeletons of giant ground sloths who once lived in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia.
The Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems displays the Patricia Emerald. At 632 carats, the Patricia Emerald is one of the great emeralds of the world. It was found in Colombia in 1920.
The Guggenheim Hall of Minerals displays a giant topaz from Brazil.
The Museum hosts the annual Margaret Mead Film Festival in October. It occasionally screens films about Latin countries.
Image: Courtesy of the Museum
Visiting the American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Daily from 10a-5:45pm except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
General admission is $22. If you need to pay less, you can purchase tickets at the Museum.
The main entrance is on 77th Street between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West