When I was searching on the museum website for science fun for the kids, I saw this and had to spread the word!
May 19, 2012 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Grand Gallery, first floor
Free with Museum admission
May 19th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM in the Grand Gallery
You’re invited to celebrate 10 full years of science exploration!
Examine real specimens and objects from the museum’s collections, come face-to-face with live animals, and create a new identity by designing your own mask. AMNH educators and scientists will help you explore using the tools and techniques of science research, from surveying for dinosaur fossils to sampling the life in a forest. Be a scientist with us and learn how to extend your discoveries beyond the museum’s walls.
The Discovery Room was made possible by a grant from the Edward John Noble Foundation.
Additional support has been provided by the
Ralph M. Cestone Foundation, Capital One Bank,
Mitsui USA Foundation, the Rose M. Badgeley Charitable Trust,
and the Ducommun and Gross Family Foundation.
The Discovery Room offers families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the scenes look at its science. Every major field of Museum science and research, from anthropology to zoology, is represented. Children, accompanied by adults, can explore an array of artifacts and specimens, puzzles, and scientific challenges. Activities for older visitors are located on the upper level.
Discovery Room Highlights:
- Hunt for animals in a majestic two-story replica of an African baobab tree filled with specimens of birds, insects, reptiles, and small mammals.
- Create your own collection of minerals, skulls, or arthropods from a cabinet full of fascinating specimens.
- Gather around an authentic Kwakiutl totem pole carved at the Museum in 1992. Learn about cultures in locations from Brooklyn to Bombay by examining traditional and contemporary artifacts from around the world.
- Assemble a life-sized cast skeleton of Prestosuchus, a 14-foot long reptile from the late Triassic Period, handle real fossils, and unearth an Oviraptor nest in a re-creation of a paleontology field site.
- Track real time earthquakes anywhere in the world on a three-drum seismograph and explore the natural world with sophisticated microscopes on the upper level.