American Museum of Natural History in New York City

What is it about kids and dinosaurs?  My three-year old granddaughter wanted nothing more than to visit the museum on Valentine’s Day to see her favorite dinosaur, the T-Rex.  Inspired early in her young life by the show Dino Dan on the Nickelodeon channel, Amelia is a whiz at naming the gigantic animals that roamed the Earth millions of years ago. 

Tyrannosaurs Rex, a/k/a T Rex

The American Museum of National History,  located on 79th Street and Central Park West,  has enough exhibits to keep children, their parents, and grandparents, hopping from room to room exploring the magic of history. 
 
Scientists have written that species of dinosaurs were here several millions of years before humans inhabited the Earth, and then they suddenly all disappeared.  I guess it sounds kind of like magic, not only for children but adults, too. 
The T-Rex, his name means, “king of the tyrant lizards,” had 50 teeth which could rip through thick skin and crush bones.

Brachiosaurus, a plant eating dinosaur

The Brachiosaurus, when he walked the Earth, was a plant eating dinosaur or herbivore.   His neck was long enough to reach up into the trees for his dinner.  He’s is so life-like in the museum, even though made from synthetic material. Displayed under lights, it’s an awesome sight for any youngster. 
Most of the rooms feature fossilized bones that have been discovered buried in the ground and are studied by paleontologists.  500 kinds of dinosaurs have already been identified and recorded. 

Fossilized bones of the Branchiosaurus

 
A  Stegosaurus is a spiked dinosaur that researchers believe could change colors. 

For an educational day,  I recommend a visit to the American Museum of National History.  If you’re visiting New York City, mark this on your itinerary  as a must-see. 

 
 

Stegosaurus

Bony plates of a Stegosaurus

Photos:  Patricia Florio 

 

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