Leonard C. Sanford Hall of North American Birds- Birds from North America are featured through 20 dioramas ranging from the Everglades to the frozen Alaskan tundra. The peregrine falcon is a highlight and visitor favorite in this collection.
Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians- This hall features amphibians and their importance in the process of evolution as the first vertebrates to live on land. Amphibians and reptiles are diverse creatures that range from small tree frogs all the way up to the Galapagos giant tortoise.
Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals- Minerals from all over the world are featured here, some weighing over four tons. Visitors can also learn about mineral classification and how minerals form naturally.
Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems- The specimens in this hall are precious and prized and include coral, amber, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Both natural and synthetic gems are represented here as well as jewelry that is over 3,000 years old.
Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites- Visitors can go back to the very origin of the solar system in this exhibit that spans 4.6 billion years of creation. They can also explore meteorite impact sites and learn how scientists can predict impacts in modern times.
Fossil Halls- Six halls make up the Fossil Halls and they contain ornithischian dinosaurs, mammals, saurischian dinosaurs, and vertebrate origin fossils that can be seen up-close and personal through life-sized casts and replicas as well as some genuine fossils. There is also a theater located in the Orientation Center that features a movie about evolution and diversification.
Grand Gallery- This is the lobby of the museum where visitors gather. A 63-foot-long canoe is suspended from the ceiling and there are many specimens on semi-permanent display here. This gallery also serves as the entrance to Gallery 77, which is where the temporary exhibits are showcased.
Human Origins and Cultural Halls- This block of halls is one of the most interesting because it dives back to the very beginning of humankind and investigates possible evolutionary theories. There are nine exhibits representing specific cultures throughout these halls, including Mexico and Central America, African Peoples, Asian Peoples, Eastern Woodlands Indians, Northwest Coast Indians, Pacific Peoples, Plains Indians, and South American Peoples. Photo: AMNH/D. Finnin
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