Amazing Kids! Magazine

Museum of Natural History

By Paul Ngu, Amazing Kids Adventures and Global Village Editor

New York City is home to museums that cover almost every imaginable field and topic. One renowned and historic institution is the Museum of Natural History in New York. Although the size of the galleries and exhibitions may seem overwhelming for an average person, the wide array of topics covered in the museum is simply amazing and allows everybody to find something they are interested in. My visit to the museum was brief and lasted less than a day. However, in the short span of time I was there, I learned so much about the environment, the solar system, and species that existed on the Earth.

One interesting gallery is the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Here, there is a wide range of information on the ecosystems in the ocean and the animals and plants that consider the ocean their home. The hands-on exhibitions allow viewers to learn through reading a short description, touching and seeing a life-sized model of an animal, or listening to a short video clip that provides interesting knowledge about the water environment while also making it a fun experience for the visitor. One of my favorite parts of this exhibit was the model of the whale. There were also fun facts about the whale, such as it being one of the largest and loudest animals that ever lived.

After touring the ocean gallery, I proceeded to the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, where I could walk through the history of the entire span of the universe. The signs and pictures located at each interval of the exhibition provide observers some interesting ways of looking and imagining how big certain stars, planets, and meteoroids can be. Also, the Space Show at the Planetarium was an exciting experience. Visitors can watch a short film of the history of the universe through a 67 foot wide hemispheric dome. Unlike learning about space from a book or through the internet, I was able to immerse myself in an environment that covered the entire history of the universe and provided information on the solar system in fun ways. By the end of my stay in the Museum of Natural History, I was overwhelmed by the history of the world and the possibilities that the future of science can hold for us.

Visiting the Museum of Natural History in New York City is a wonderful educational experience that emphasizes hands-on learning through our senses of sight, touch, hearing, and sight. The museum offers group tours for schools and offers several programs for families with children. Because the exhibits showcased in the museum change from time to time, making a trip to the museum doesn’t have to be a one-time thing—-it certainly won’t be the case for me.