Join the all-day celebration tomorrow at The American Museum of Natural History for the re-opening of the popular Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, after a three-year, $40 million renovation. Roosevelt — the only U. S. President from New York City — was also a naturalist and conservationist who created the National Park System.
I attended the press preview Thursday, and can tell you that the famous, kid-pleasing dioramas of life-size bison, elk and mountain lions have been cleaned of generations of grime and brightened, and there’s a new statue of TR sitting on a bench — with space for you to sit alongside – that is sure to become a popular photo op.
The new exhibition highlights Roosevelt’s journey from budding naturalist to Conservation President, on October 27, Theodore Roosevelt’s 154th birthday. Saturday, Oct. 27th, take a break from the Halloween madness and join the party at AMNH, which includes —
- free guided tours of the Museum
- live-animal presentations featuring hawks, falcons, and owls led by experts from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center
- explore birds of Central Park on walks with knowledgeable guides
- bring in your feathers, bones, and plants to share with Museum ornithologists, mammalogists, and botanists at a special edition of Identification Day
- find out how to join iNaturalist, a social network for naturalists to share observations and to learn about biodiversity
- watch special performances by the Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theater
- hands-on activities such as leaf-printing, start a nature journal, or attend a poetry workshop
- musical performances by ragtime pianist Terry Waldo and more