For a lot of people, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the most exciting museums in New York, with a diverse and fascinating range of exhibits and events. The museum is constantly hosting new exhibitions, shows and features, and once you step in, you will see graphics, models and images that you will remember for a long time to come. Right now things are as exciting as ever at the museum, and here is a selection of current events that could engage you for the better part of a day.
Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World
This 40-minute IMAX feature is a stunning recreation of sea-life 20 million years ago, before dinosaurs appeared on the earth. Julie, the imaginative host of the show, will take you on a journey through time, from the Triassic to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, and along the way you will see some of the most intriguing water creatures of the time, including the Ophthalmosaurus, also known as the ‘eye lizard’, the powerful Liopleurodon and the 75-foot giant of the seas, Shonisaurus. Children will invariably be delighted by this experience. The show is on till June 30, 2011, and it takes place every hour, from 10.30 am – 4.30 pm. The tickets, inclusive of admission, are priced at $24 for adults and $14 for children. Seniors will get in for $81, and adult members for $12.
Brain: The Inside Story
This exhibition, on till June 15, 2011, is devoted to the fascinating world of the human brain. Every little object or letter you perceive, every emotion you feel, every decision you make and every thought that enters your mind involves a complex combination of actions in your inimitable super-computer, your brain. After much research and study, scientists are only now beginning to understand what its different functions and actions are, and through a series of images, videos and models, you can learn about it too. This exhibition is divided into five parts: your thinking brain, your sensing brain, your emotional brain, your changing brain and your 21st century brain.
Journey To The Stars
This space show, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, takes you right up to the fascinating stars of our universe. You go back billions of years in time to see just how these stars formed, and even billions of years ahead to see how they will ultimately die out. There is also a simulation of how the sun will eventually die. The ticket prices of the show cost exactly the same as those to the Sea Rex show.
This is only a snapshot of the current events. There is a lot else happening at the American Museum of Natural History. Visit the official website, www.amnh.org, for complete information.