American Museum of Natural History unveils plans for exhibits and programs in the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation. Glass-walled collections core, immersive invisible worlds theater, Next-Gen learning labs, and an Insectarium and Butterfly Vivarium At The American Museum of Natural History will bring new depth to visitor experience.
The 235,000-square-foot Gilder Center project, which includes 194,000 square feet in a new building together with connections to key areas in existing buildings and modernizations of existing spaces, is to be built at a total projected budget of $340 million. At a time of unprecedented scientific advancement that informs global and individual decisions about the environment, human health, workplace preparedness, and global competitiveness, the Gilder Center will reveal modern science to visitors of all ages through immersive exhibition techniques and innovative educational programming underpinned by the Museum’s scientific research and its superb collections of more than 33 million specimens and artifacts, amassed from more than 145 years of exploration. The 21,000-square-foot, glass-walled Collections Core will be both a critical resource and a spectacular feature of the Gilder Center, revealing the specimens and artifacts that scientists use to investigate and answer fundamental questions, identify new species, and formulate new research questions and directions.
Housing 3.9 million specimens, or approximately 10 percent of the Museum’s more than 33 million specimens and objects, the Collections Core will encompass working collections areas where Museum scientists and visiting scholars will carry out research.These displays will illustrate the Museum’s important work in discovering and describing biological diversity and demonstrate what scientific collections can reveal, such as variation within animal populations or, in the case of ethnographic artifacts, human behavior of societies past or present.
On the first floor, the Collections Core will house the Museum’s premier butterfly collection, one of the largest and most important in the world. The new 5,000-square-foot Insectarium will be a place for family and general learning as well as for structured school visits by groups from every grade. The new facility will feature live insects, collections of insect specimens, scientific tools used for conducting research, exhibits, and digital displays that will enable visitors to better understand what insects are.
Invisible Worlds Immersive Theater
More than a traditional theater, the 9,520-square-foot Invisible Worlds immersive venue will be a space in which human perceptions of time and scale will be suspended. Nothing will be too small, too fast, too slow, too distant, or too long ago to be encountered in the realm of modern science.
The architectural design for the Gilder Center is responsive to its location in Theodore Roosevelt Park, and the Museum is committed to preserving the park’s existing sensibility, ambiance and uses.
Insectarium And Butterfly Vivarium At The American Museum of Natural History has received tremendous public support from the City and the State of New York. Currently $70.1 million has been allocated by the City of New York. The State of New York has allocated $12 million for the Gilder Center.
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About the Museum
The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum encompasses 45 permanent exhibition halls, including those in the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions. It is home to New York State’s official memorial to Theodore Roosevelt, a tribute to Roosevelt’s enduring legacy of environmental conservation. The Museum’s approximately 200 scientists draw on a world-class research collection of more than 33 million artifacts and specimens, some of which are billions of years old, and on one of the largest natural history libraries in the world. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, the Museum grants the Ph.D. degree in Comparative Biology and the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree, the only such program at any museum in the United States. Annual physical attendance has grown to approximately 5 million, and the Museum’s exhibitions and Space Shows can be seen in venues on six continents. The Museum’s website, digital videos, and apps for mobile devices bring its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more around the world.