American Museum of Natural History. Meteorites (Exhibit)

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1931 - 1934

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Permanent exhibition. Opened approximate 1931 and closed approximately 1933-1934. Located on Floor 1, Section NC. The Meteorites Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History presented the general collection of meteorites and shared a corridor with the Eskimo collections and the Building Stones Exhibit. Meteorites exhibited here included individual masses of a stone shower near Holbrook, Arizona in 1912, Ysleta, an iron meteorite; a stone meteorite that fell near Richardton, North Dakota in 1918; stone meteorites that fell near Cumberland Falls, Kentucky in 1919; and a series of polished and large etched slices of iron meteorites, including an entire section of the Mt. Edith, Australia mass (1, 1931, p. 37-38). The larger meteorites, including Willamette and Ahnighito, were exhibited in the Grand Gallery (1, 1931, p. 17). By 1936, the collection of meteorites moved to the Hayden Planetarium (1, 1936, p. 41).


    (1) General Guide to the Exhibition Halls of the American Museum of Natural History. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1931-1936.
    Information for the hall appears in the following Museum publications:
    American Museum of Natural History General Guides for years 1931 (Table of Contents, page 37); 1932 (Table of Contents, page 37); 1933 (Table of Contents, page 39)


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AMNH: Floor 1, Section NC. [Additional location information: North Corridor.]

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Hayden Planetarium
By 1936, the Collection of Meteorites moved to the Hayden Planetarium (1, 1936, p. 41).

Written by: Clare O'Dowd
Last modified: 2018 December 7


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