American Museum of Natural History

I still remember my first trip to the Museum of Natural History.  It was during my first year in New York, sometime in Fall 2007.   My only reference to the museum came from the quirky 2005 film, The Squid and the Whale.  I recall being amazed by the dinosaurs, the planetarium, and this enormous life size Blue Whale suspended above me.

My most recent trip was extra special since I had a guest in town.  My younger cousin, whom I hadn’t seen in years, came up for a visit over the New Year.  On our last day together in the city, we ran up to the museum for just a couple of hours, to squeeze in what we could before the lights went out.

This time I got to pass through the culture halls, and amidst the Hall of African Peoples, I found a similar looking instrument to the berimbau, one of the instruments used in the martial art I train, Capoeira.  Sometimes you stumble upon a connection without even realizing it…

The American Museum of Natural History is located on Central Park West, at the 81st street stop on the C or B train.  Definitely give yourself a couple of hours to explore all the floors of the museum.  Time passes quickly, especially if it is crowded & you have to wait in line for any of the featured exhibits.

I learned something very cool during my last trip.  The museum closes at 5:45 PM.  After 5:00 PM, admission is free.  So if you live close, it is a great place to stop by for a quick 45 minutes – for free!  Nothing like ending your day with the dinosaurs…