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Rules Of Nature: Top 4 Exhibits Of 2015 At The Natural History Museum
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Rules Of Nature: Top 4 Exhibits Of 2015 At The Natural History Museum

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Updated: 12 December 2015
New York City is known for many activities, such as power walking, coffee drinking, and generally stressing out. When the average New Yorker gets a minute to relax, there are plenty of interesting options. The American Museum of Natural History is a great option for any cultured New Yorker trying to spend some time outside of his or her tiny apartment. Here are some of the best exhibitions currently showing at The American Museum of Natural History.
Elephant Seal | Courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History
Elephant Seal | Courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History

Life At The Limits

Life At The Limits brings you closer to witness the natural selection of certain species that live in the strangest, harshest, and most challenging of climates. The exhibition features life-sized models to animate the videos and interactive stations for the visitor. One model, for example is of the elephant seal, who could survive roughly two hours under water thanks to its extreme volume of blood and high levels of hemoglobin. This exhibition also features live creatures where you can witness their spectacular abilities in their natural habitat. One example is the nautilus, a marine animal that used jet propulsion hundreds of years before human being harnessed that same power. It works by blasting water out of its siphon, which propels it in the opposite direction. This exhibition is a great place for families; it is fun, educational, and children will love to see how nature works to overcome the most difficult of obstacles in order to survive. This exhibition will be on view from April 4, 2015 to January 3, 2016 – check their website for ticket information.

Guinea Worm | Courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History
Guinea Worm | Courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History

Spiders Alive!

Spiders Alive! is back by popular demand. Spiders Alive brings you over 20 unique species and highlights their special characteristics, behavior and anatomy. The museum is the only museum to host a large research collection on spiders, and proudly shows their knowledge of spiders, gathered in the past 75 years. One of the most awesome-looking spiders visitors will notice is the goliath bird eater. This species is one of the largest in the world and preys on snakes, mice, frogs and other creatures. You will also witness the deadly Western black widow and the unique giant vinegaroon, which sprays a horrible vinegar-like chemical from its abdomen when either disturbed or distressed. Videos and larger-than-life models will also be present in this exhibition and researchers will show you the lesser-known facts about these arachnids, such as their defense mechanism and their ability to create silk and potent venom. Spiders Alive! is a great exhibition, due to the history of the museum and the years of research they put in to achieve the exhibition that exists today. Spiders Alive! runs from July 4, 2015 – November 29, 2015, and tickets are available for purchase on their website.

Research | Courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History
Research | Courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History

Natural Histories

Natural Histories features centuries-old drawings that helped advance the knowledge of humans and animals alike before photography. These photos are reproductions of the rare book collection currently housed in the museum’s library. This exhibition focuses on illustration as a central part of scientific discovery. These illustrations highlight the important aspects of certain species and what distinguishes them from their lookalikes. The different styles of illustrations range from natural woodcuts and engravings to lithographs. Natural Histories brings you back to a time where research was done by hand and not by machines, and where documentation was the strongest tool in discovery. This exhibition has been extended to September 13th, 2015 and is free to both museum members and nonmembers.

Spider Collection | Courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History
Spider Collection | Courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History
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Countdown To Zero

Countdown To Zero is one of the strongest exhibitions the Museum Of Natural History has to offer. It shows visitors what’s really involved in eradicating the diseases and pandemics that haunt the world today. It focuses on the factors that are needed to determine whether any given disease can be fully eradicated. With the museum’s collaboration with The Carter Center, they focus on the many questions and aspects surrounding infectious diseases that still prove extremely deadly in developing countries. Countdown To Zero brings their knowledge on smallpox, river blindness, polio and many others to visitors. This exhibition uses stunning photography, powerful videography, and amazing artifacts to show visitors the sorrow and pain people of the world experience as they combat these horrendous diseases. Beware – this exhibition is not for the faint of heart. It is both a powerful and inspiring exhibition that brings many questions and concerns to mind. The exhibition is open from January 13, 2015 to January 2, 2017. Admission is free to both members and nonmembers and is open during regular museum hours.

Two Toed Sloth | Courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History
Two Toed Sloth | Courtesy of The American Museum of Natural History

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