With the opening of the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City has revolutionized its offerings on Earth and space. As you journey through the new complex, you can find answers to many questions, including:
How do astrophysicists explore the universe?
Video screens will display information to help explain basic space science. Visitors can view these screens before moving on to the planetarium show.
What do the planets look like up-close?
The new Hayden Planetarium will contain a state-of-the-art Space Theater, where you can see views of entire star fields, the sun and planets projected on an overhead dome.
What does the Milky Way look like in three-dimensional space?
In the Digital Galaxy, museum experts and colleagues from NASA and other institutions are "stitching together" data sets from many separate sources, creating unique, three-dimensional digital maps of our galaxy that will allow you to virtually "travel" through the Milky Way.
How did the universe begin?
Visit the Big Bang Theater to see for yourself. As you stand on a transparent glass floor and look down, you will witness the explosive beginning of time and space.
When did the events in our cosmic history occur?
The Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway, a gently sloping walkway you will encounter as you exit the Big Bang Theater, chronicles 13 billion years of cosmic evolution at 3 million years per inch.
How did the universe evolve into galaxies, stars and planets?
The Cullman Hall of the Universe will elucidate the stunning discoveries of modern astrophysics, examining such questions as how the universe evolved into galaxies, stars and planets; how the atoms from which we are made were created; and where the matter necessary for life came from.
What are we learning today?
The museum's AstroBulletins will provide up-to-date information on the latest astronomical news, which you'll be able to view on video panels and kiosks.
"The big idea here is to make the complex, abstract areas of astronomy and astrophysics accessible and comprehensible to the public." - Ellen V. Futter, president, American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is located at Central Park West and 79th Street in New York City, and is open daily except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visitwww.amnh.orgto explore the museum's own site.