NYC Day 4: American Museum of Natural History

We awoke early again, subwayed into town, checking out some of the local street art on the way.  It was another cool day, but I think rain was scheduled, so a good day to do inside stuff.

The Loft hostel
The Loft hostel
Roberto's
Roberto’s
Street art
Street art
Street art
Street art
Our subway station
Our subway station

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Rawr
Rawr

We headed straight up to the American Museum of Natural History.  Then we spent all day there.   It is Huge.  4 floors of massive displays.  We didn’t get around it all. The dinosaurs were great, you only comprehend how big they actually are when standing next to the skeletons.  Imagine a land where those things are wandering around.  Crazy.  Many of the intact skeletons they have there are from Alberta, in Canada, likely from near the badlands area.

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Rawr
Tall
Tall
Tall legs
Tall legs
tiny
tiny
Not afraid of the t-rex
Not afraid of the t-rex

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The only time it is appropriate to "duck face"
The only time it is appropriate to “duck face”
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A full skeleton, with a HUGE singluar arm/wing above it

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So many of the displays were done well, like little windows into other parts of the world.  The background is painted to blend in with the exhibit, they use the substrates that match – sand, dirt, bushes etc, they even make footprints and groom the ground to make it look natural.

Animal dioramas
Animal dioramas

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The forest displays were pretty neat, as were the animals,….. The ocean displays were very cool, you entered a room with dim lighting, looking down from the upper tier, to the floor below.  The roof has displays overhead, blue and ripply, like you are underwater.  Hanging from the roof, diving into the room, is a massive model of a blue whale (life size, I assume).  You wander around and check out the animals, my favourite of which was, in a dark corner, a sperm whale and a giant squid restling.  Well, all that fits in the window is the head of the whale.

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Underwater Hall
Giant tree
Giant tree
Meteor
Meteor

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The day ended with us walking back through the Rockefeller Center and getting amazing Ben and Jerry’s icecream in a chocolate coated and chocolate hail dipped waffle cone.

 

 

Icecream!
Icecream!
Hey, isn't that...
Hey, isn’t that…

 

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Mammoth!
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Tiny arms
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Horns

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