Day (or Night) at The Museum
Take a private tour of NYC’s American Museum of Natural History from home!
Have you ever imagined having a museum all to yourself, just like in the movie starring Ben Stiller? Well, maybe not quite that exact experience. The American Museum of Natural History has been bringing arts, culture, and education to the public since 1869. Though its doors are currently closed, you can still visit the amazing exhibits from the comfort of your own home.
Denis Finnin//© American Museum of Natural History
The Hall of Biodiversity in the American Museum of Natural History features 1,500 specimens representing the amazing diversity of life on Earth.
The museum offers virtual tours, live learning, and countless resources for kids and families of all ages.
Mark your calendars! This Thursday at 2P ET on the American Museum of Natural History Facebook page, there will be a Facebook Live event that features a pre-recorded tour of the Hall of Human Origins guided by paleoanthropologist Ashley Hammond. Get a special tour of this popular exhibition hall and hear about early human relatives, including Lucy, the most famous Australopithecus afarensis—and why she took the world by storm when she was discovered in 1974.
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 PM EST, you can hop on a Live Virtual Museum Tour with a museum tour guide or expert to explore a featured exhibit via Facebook Live. Missed Tuesday’s Hall of Planet Earth Tour on Tuesday? You can go back and check out the previous tours posted to Facebook earlier.
Looking to get out of this world? On Friday, April 3rd, head over to the museum’s YouTube channel to catch a live guided tour of the universe with Director of Astrovisualization, Carter Emmart.
Craig Chesek/© American Museum of Natural History
The 94-foot-long blue whale model floating above the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History weighs 21,000 pounds.
Want to wander around the halls on your own? Google Arts and Culture allows you to do just that. From the 94-foot-long model of a Blue Whale in the Hall of Ocean Life to the Tyrannosaurus rex fossil in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs, you have the place to yourself to explore! Take in the 360 degree views of these magnificent animals and learn more about the exhibits themselves.
While home-school can get challenging, additional materials for students and families are available to help out. With activities, articles, Khan Academy classes, and more from the museum, there is no shortage of fueling your kids’ curiosity about the natural world.
Go ahead and start your adventure.