Exhibition. Opened January 2, 1969 and closed December 31, 1969. Located in Section 5, Floor 2 in the Corner Gallery at the American Museum of Natural History. 100 Years of Wonder: The Story of the American Museum of Natural History consisted of antique engravings, historic black and white photographs, and the contents of the Museum's cornerstone, representing a journey through the Museum's 100-year history.
Exhibition. Opened June 8, 1990 and closed January 6, 1991. Located in Section 3, Floor 3 in Gallery 3 at the American Museum of Natural History. African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire, curated by Enid Schildkrout and Curtis A. Keim of the Museum's Department of Anthropology, focused on the art history of the region from the time of the first encounters with Europeans, through the colonial period to the present and drew primarily from material collected on the American Museum Congo Expedition (1909-1915).
The Akeley-Eastman-Pomeroy African Hall Expedition was a collecting expedition to
Africa; its mission was to provide specimens for the African Hall at the American Museum of
Natural History, originally conceived in 1910. The man behind both the exhibit hall and the
expedition was Carl Ethan Akeley, an animal sculptor and taxidermist, an inventor, naturalist
and photographer. The Eastman-Pomeroy expedition focused on collecting specimens for the
dioramas of the African Hall, as well as accessories such as grass and bushes, and the creation
of background paintings from artists William Leigh and Arthur August Jansson.
Exhibition. Open from 1942-1943. Located on the subway level of the American Museum of Natural History. Animals in War was referred to as an experimental exhibition and included dioramas and paintings.
Exhibition. Opened August 6, 1987 and closed December 13, 1987. Located on Floor 2 in the Akeley Gallery at the American Museum of Natural History. Architecture for Dinosaurs: The Building of the American Museum of Natural History, an Arthur Ross Exhibit of the Month, featured hand-colored renderings of facades, photographs, and original architectural plans that documented the growth of the American Museum of Natural History.
Exhibition. Opened October 16, 1984 and closed March 17, 1985. Located in Section 3, Floor 3 in Gallery 3 at the American Museum of Natural History. Asante: Kingdom of Gold, curated by Enid Schildkrout and Malcolm McLeod, featured a collection of about 800 artifacts of the Asante people of Ghana from the British Museum's Museum of Mankind.
The American Museum of Natural History’s Second Asiatic Zoological
Expedition (1918-1919) was led by Roy Chapman Andrews. It can be considered as a
continuation of the preparatory work for the Central Asiatic Expeditions of
1921-1930. The main goal of the Second Expedition was to explore and collect
mammal and bird specimens from the northeastern region of the Asian plateau,
namely the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. The specimens were to be used in the
Museum’s proposed hall of Asiatic life. Further, Andrews saw the expedition as
another step in his larger expeditionary plan.
The American Museum of Natural History Asiatic Zoological Expedition of
1916-1917 was led by Roy Chapman Andrews. The goal of the expedition was to
collect Asian mammals and birds to add to the planned Asiatic Hall of the
Museum. The Expedition traveled through areas of eastern and southwest China,
particularly in the Yunnan Province. They ultimately crossed over 2000 miles on
horseback, camping at such varied altitudes as 1500 to 15000 feet above sea
level while collecting approximately 3000 specimens for the Museum. (1)
Exhibition. Opened March 19, 1947 and closed April 30, 1947. Located in Section 5, Floor 2 in the Corner Gallery at American Museum of Natural History. Atomic Energy featured panels that traced the discovery and development of the science of the atom.
Exhibition. Opened August 3, 1990 and closed April 30, 1991. Located in Section 1A, Floor 1 in Gallery 77 at the American Museum of Natural History. Behind the Scenes allowed visitors to see how exhibits in the Museum are created, preview new halls, and view demonstrations by staff and volunteers.
Exhibition. Opened December 1922 and closed January 1923. Located in Section 3, Floor 1 in the Jesup Hall of North American Woods at the American Museum of Natural History. The Camera Club of New York featured 192 photographs created using different types of printing processes.
Exhibition. Opened May 16, 1969 and closed May 16, 1971. Located in Section 12, Floor 2 in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda of the New York State Roosevelt Memorial at the American Museum of Natural History. Can Man Survive?, which was part of the Museum's centennial celebrations, was an immersive multi-media exhibition with films, slides, soundscapes, artifacts, and three-dimensional displays. It addressed the issue of humans' exploitation of their environment through accelerating technology, growing human population, and pollution. The exhibition was curated by Harry L. Shapiro, Chairman of the Museum's Department of Anthropology, coordinated by Gordon R. Reekie, Chairman of the Museum's Department of Exhibition and Graphic Arts, and produced by Dimensional Communcations, Inc. Music for the exhibition was written by Eric Salzmann.
Exhibition. Opened March 19, 1985 and closed June 16, 1985. Located in Section 4, Floor 1 in Gallery 1 at the American Museum of Natural History. Captured Motion: Skeletal Studies by S. Harmsted Chubb, curated by Marie Lawrence of the Museum's Department of Mammalogy, featured the major works from Chubb's four-decade career at the Museum.
In 1920, the Cartier Expedition led by Nels C. Nelson, Curator of North
American Archaeology, accompanied by B.T.B. Hyde, went to Grand Gulch in an
attempt to identify the particular cliff-houses and canyons from which the
museum’s collection was taken.
The Central Asiatic Expeditions took place between 1921 and 1930, and were
led by Roy Chapman Andrews. Walter Granger was chief paleontologist and the
second in command. With a team of up to forty scientists, drivers, and
assistants, they were able to collect a vast multitude of objects for the
American Museum of Natural History and make many groundbreaking discoveries such
as the first dinosaur eggs. They explored throughout the Gobi Desert and
cemented this area as a prime location for paleontological study.
Exhibition. Opened November 24, 1959 and closed January 31, 1960. Located in Section 5, Floor 2 in the Corner Gallery of the American Museum of Natural History. Charles Darwin: Evolution of an Evolutionist marked the 100th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species and followed Darwin through his early life, his life as a naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, to his later family life and scholarship through photographs, drawings, memorabilia, and textual material. It was curated by Edwin Colbert.
Exhibition. Opened October 18, 1991 and closed February 23, 1992. Located in Section 3, Floor 3 in Gallery 3 at the American Museum of Natural History. Chiefly Feasts: The Enduring Kwakiutl Potlach explored the artwork, rituals, and feast of potlatch ceremonies of the Kwakiutl (Kwakwaka'wakw) people of the Northwest Coast of North America.
Exhibition. Opened January 25, 1956 and closed March 4, 1956. Located in the Seventy-Seventh Street Annex. Cold Hands, Cold Feet at the American Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New-York Historical Society, and American clothing retailer Abercrombie and Fitch, illustrated the ways humans have kept their hands and feet warm from different cultures and periods.
Exhibition. Opened November 10, 1971 and closed April 10, 1972. Located in Section 2, Floor 1 in the Grand Gallery at the American Museum of Natural History. Costumes of the East, curated by Walter A. Fairservis of the Museum's Department of Anthropology and designed by Joel Schumacher of Henri Bendel, featured ninety costumes from the regions of the Balkans to Siberia and Vietnam to Lapland (Finland), most of which were from the Museum's own collection.