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The Museum of Natural History's expansion project is back on

The Museum of Natural History's expansion project is back on
Photograph: Courtesy Ralph Appelbaum Associates

We can't resist a trip to the Museum of Natural History, and with the Richard Gilder Center for Science expansion underway, we're looking forward to more areas to explore. 

The $383 million project resumed on Monday, Nov 5, according to Patch.com. As much as patrons are excited about the possibilities that await, the plans have been met with several setbacks. Monday's construction took place one week after a state judge placed a temporary restraining order on the project—reported by Patch—and the Community United to Protect Theodore Roosevelt Park is fighting the Museum's proposed quarter-acre extension into the park. The construction was approved by NYC Parks in late 2017, yet the Museum is currently restricted on indoor and outdoor construction, as well as work within the park.

 

Photograph: Courtesy Ralph Appelbaum Associates

However, now that the wheels are turning, we're crossing our fingers that the project will be complete in 2020 as planned, just in time for the Museum's 150th anniversary. There will be plenty for curious minds to devour, including a state-of-the-art insectarium (fans of creepy crawlers will be delighted), a butterfly vivarium, additional learning spaces and a 21,000-square-foot Collections Core that will feature various artifacts. Dare we say, these upgrades just might take some spotlight off the beloved dinos. 

Here's to hoping that both parties needs are met so New Yorkers can enjoy new exhibits and some r&r in the park after their visits.  

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