American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.
Since its founding, the museum has pursued a scientific research program to advance understanding of the biological, physical, and cultural world. The museum's curators, scientists, and post docs number approx 200 scientists who do research in the biological sciences, astrophysics, paleontology, earth and planetary sciences, and anthropology and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Through over 100 field expedition projects each year, the museum's robust collection of over 33 million specimens and artifacts grows. The museum continues its Ph.D. and master's in teaching programs through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, the only Ph.D. and mat granting program of any museum in the U.S.
Education and Other Public Programs$59m
The museum's professional development program serves approximately 4,000 teachers each year, while the museum's signature science education program, urban advantage, has grown to reach nearly one-half of New York City middle schools. The museum's master of arts in teaching program helps to ameliorate the critical shortage of qualified science teachers in New York State, placing graduates in high needs schools. Approximately five million on-site visitors including approximately 500,000 school and camp group experience the museum education and public programs annually, including its early childhood programs that offer hands-on science exploration.
The museum is open to the public 363 days a year with 45 permanent exhibition halls, special exhibitions, and planetarium shows. The museum has a robust schedule of special exhibitions and planetarium shows it designs and produces, and that, after opening in New York City, travel to venues around the U.S. and internationally, supplemented with educational content and apps and other web-based resources for learning.