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Everything we know about the Museum of Natural History's expansion project

Everything we know about the Museum of Natural History's expansion project
Photograph: Courtesy Ralph Appelbaum Associates

New York's beloved American Museum of Natural History is on the road to a much-anticipated expansion. You've likely encountered our previous coverage of the project on Time Out here and here, but in the event that you haven't, here's a recap of what's in the works:

- The Richard Gilder Center for Science, a 245,000-square-foot wing designed by Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects, will feature a state-of-the-art insectarium (A.K.A. bug hall!), a 3,000-square-foot butterfly vivarium (modern, upgraded butterfly conservatory) packed with high-tech features, and expanded learning spaces. The project was approved by NYC parks December 4, 2017.

- The new wing will also feature a 21,000-square-foot Collections Core that includes specimens and artifacts (seen in our lead image).

- The Center will be a candidate for LEED Gold certification, and the design will incorporate fritted glass for shading/bird safety, efficient landscaping, mindful lighting designs and water conservation initiatives in addition to outdoor landscaping that's water efficient.

Photograph: Courtesy Ralph Appelbaum Associates

- The Museum has collaborated with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks) to minimize the environmental impact on Theodore Roosevelt Park and contribute park improvements that include new tree plantings, benches and expanded play areas. 

- NewPatch reports that The Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park is "suing the City, Parks Department and American Museum of Natural History." The group claims that the Parks Department improperly interpreted a law when it approved the plans for AMNH's Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation and alleges that the project would pose environmental issues.

 

Photograph: Courtesy Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Photograph: Courtesy Ralph Appelbaum Associates

 

While you're anxiously awaiting the new wing's opening, check out our favorite museums for children, some super cool-yet-underrated museums and these playgrounds with famous artwork.

For even more project information, visit the American Museum of Natural History's website here.

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Comments

2 comments
Ellen A

This is a totally one-sided article that completely ignores the serious, dangerous and detrimental impact of this expansion.  If you've read this article that extols the expansion, I hope you'll read the other side of the story.

Cary G

Time Out readers should also know that the proposed expansion would


add more than two million tons of pollution to our air each year.

cost NYC taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

surrender public parkland to a private corporation.

reinforce the segregation of scientific resources for students.

require killing dozens of trees, hundreds of plants and scores of ecosystems.

Tina Fey voted for this plan

Ten thousand park protectors voted against it.