New York attractions: New places to go in NYC in 2012
Find out what’s happening with New York attractions that are debuting this fall, including the Slipper Room and the Public Theater.
Tue Oct 16 2012
American Museum of Natural History
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Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and the Hall of North American Mammals
What it is: The American Museum of Natural History’s Central Park West facade isn’t just an entrance; it’s also part of a two-story memorial to the 26th U.S. President. The newly restored vestibule leads into a rotunda and a hall dedicated to the pioneering conservationist.
Why you should care: The Gotham native—who was also the city’s police commissioner and the state’s 33rd governor—has a long history with the museum, from visiting its halls as a child to shooting some of its specimens himself on a 1909 African expedition. Improvements to the memorial include refurbished murals detailing Roosevelt’s life, a new statue of the Rough Rider and the renovated Hall of North American Mammals. The dioramas in that section had faded considerably since being installed in the 1940s. The overhaul includes cosmetic improvements, as well as new eco-friendly lighting that will minimize further damage, ensuring that future generations of schoolchildren can gawk at the preserved wolves, bison and other animals. Central Park West at 79th St (212-769-5100, amnh.org). Opens Oct 27.—Andrew Frisicano
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