American Museum of Natural History. Hall of New York City Birds.

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1972 - present

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Permanent exhibition. Opened 1972. Located in Section 13a, Floor 3. The Hall of New York City Birds at the American Museum of Natural History showcases the diversity of birds in the greater New York area.

The Hall of New York City Birds at the American Museum of Natural History showcases the diversity of birds in the greater New York area with over 300 specimens. The collection was exhibited in two different iterations prior to the opening of the Hall of New York City Birds. First as Local Birds from 1894-1936 and as part of the New York State Exhibits from 1936-1971, which, in addition to birds, included geology and minerals; invertebrates, butterflies, moths, and insects; amphibians and reptiles; and mammals of New York State. The Hall of New York City Birds adjoins the Hall of New York State Mammals, which collection was also part of the New York State Exhibits.

Highlights (1):

*A case of passenger pigeons

*Specimens of diving ducks

*Mounted specimens of two heron species

*Mounted and study skins of hawks and vultures

This is a condensed summary of the exhibition. For additional information, see Sources and/or Related Resources.

Sources

    (1) American Museum of Natural History. “Hall of New York City Birds.” accessed November 14, 2018

Chronology

  • 1894: Local Birds opens in the west corridor of the third floor.
  • 1913: Local Birds move to the west corridor of the second floor.
  • 1936: The Collection of Local Birds moves from its own location in the west corridor of the second floor to be part of the New York State Exhibits in the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall. 
  • 1971: New York State Exhibits closes. 
  • 1972: New York State Exhibits closes and its exhibits of local birds and mammals move to the third floor to become the Hall of New York City Birds and the New York State Mammals.

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Related Corporate, Personal, and Family Names

American Museum of Natural History. Department of Ornithology.
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American Museum of Natural History. Hall of New York State Mammals
Companion hall; also once a part of the New York State Exhibits (1, 1936 p. 14).
American Museum of Natural History. Local Birds.
Collection of New York City Birds exhibited as Local Birds before becoming part of the New York State Exhibits, and then the Hall of New York City Birds
American Museum of Natural History. New York State Exhibits
Collection of the New York City Birds was a part of the New York State Exhibits from 1936-1971 (1, 1936 p. 14).

Related Resources

American Museum of Natural History. Annual Report. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1982/83.
page 37
American Museum of Natural History. Official Guide: Images from Around the American Museum of Natural History. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1993.
page 27
American Museum of Natural History. American Museum of Natural History: The Official Guide. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 2001.
page 54
American Museum of Natural History. The American Museum of Natural History: An Introduction. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1972.
page 100
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American Museum of Natural History. “Hall of New York City Birds.”
Official Museum webpage for hall
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Historic Halls of the American Museum of Natural History
Curated digital images of permanent halls in the American Museum of Natural History Library, Digital Special Collections.

Written by: Clare O'Dowd
Last modified: 2018 November 21


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