Talk:American Museum of Natural History

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Merge[edit]

You know, I'm just going to do it. Melchoir 23:13, 6 April 2006 (UTC)


Endowment Size[edit]

Anyone know how large the ANMH's endowment is? I hear rumors about it being the largest of any natural history museum. --68.35.229.27 02:53, 17 January 2007 (UTC)


in 2007, amnh endowment was $575million, they were also able to raise at least $700million in fundraising in a 2008 campaign. according to standard and poors. http://www.alacrastore.com/research/s-and-p-credit-research-Summary_New_York_City_Trust_For_Cultural_Resources_American_Museum_Of_Natural_History_Non_Profit_Organizations-633382
the article should have a mention on endowment size, and at least some mention of its recent renovations to some of their gallery halls. I would also like to see mention of their research facilities, and also info on acquisitions and deaccessions Lucky dog (talk) 01:03, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
you can see the amnh's annual report and financial statements here: http://www.amnh.org/about/

ViniTheHat (talk) 01:23, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Co-Founder?[edit]

It states in the article that Theodore Roosevelt Sr. was co-founder of the museum...so who else was involved in the founding of the museum? IrishPearl 19:39, 22 February 2007 (UTC)

Now all 21 founders are listed. Explainer (talk) 16:33, 30 March 2008 (UTC)

Museum Info Box[edit]

I added what information I knew in the infobox. Does anyone else have anything to contribute? SluggerBugger (talk) 05:25, 31 December 2007 (UTC)

the image in the infobox is of the original main entrance. this is no longer the main "face" of the building. Also, that entrance has since been renovated. Would anyone mind if I switched it to an image of the current main entrance on CPW?ViniTheHat (talk) 05:41, 9 November 2010 (UTC)
Not at all, that would be beneficial. Crimsonraptor (talk) 22:28, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
will do... soon. ViniTheHat (talk) 06:00, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
I know how you feel by "soon"...member of 11 seperate wikis, admin on 2, founder on 1...Crimsonraptor (talk) 23:23, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

Ta-da! I've (finally) gotten around to changing it. Crimsonraptor (talk) 14:45, 19 December 2010 (UTC)

awesome, thanks! Now, when they're done with the current restorations, it'll have to get done again!ViniTheHat (talk) 14:34, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
Restorations? They're changing the entrance? Crimsonraptor (talk) 16:35, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
I dont think theyre changing much externally. But right now the CPW entrance is covered w/ scaffolding. They're going to renovate the ticket lobby and the hall of North American Mammals. ViniTheHat (talk) 17:24, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
Huh. NA Mammals looked fine to me. Crimsonraptor (talk) 18:02, 20 December 2010 (UTC)
They need to update the lighting in the dioramas, the current lights are bleaching the hair on some of the animals. ViniTheHat (talk) 18:05, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedian Meetup at AMNH[edit]

Please check out Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC. Thanks.--Pharos (talk) 07:06, 4 January 2008 (UTC)

The Hall of Minerals[edit]

The section of this article pertaining to the hall of minerals is 2/3rds about the star of India saphire and only contains about 3 sentances about the actual section of the museum —Preceding unsigned comment added by 167.206.69.55 (talk) 12:12, 26 March 2008 (UTC)

Adding Sources[edit]

If you add a new source, please check the page first to see if it's already been cited, and if so please use inline citations to keep the references list tidy.Goldoro99 (talk) 16:27, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

Some text copied from AMNH website[edit]

Some of the text here has been copied from the AMNH website. Specifically, the library section is largely based on this, with much of it verbatim copying. I'm am starting an article on the library itself, and I will be using different wording, but the whole article needs checking for stuff like this, unless there is some reason that using text from the AMNH website is OK (I would say probably not). Carcharoth (talk) 21:40, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

Addition to "Popular Culture"?[edit]

Just saw Night at the Museum, and noticed that the museum looks very much like the "Bloomsberry Museum" in Curious George (film), so I suppose that is also based on the AMNH. Not going to be so bold as to add that, though, since my only source here is the "original research" of noticing the similarity for myself. (Or could one call the actual Curious George DVD the source here?) Anyway, just a heads-up for someone else to add or reject.--CRConrad (talk) 01:11, 10 January 2010 (UTC)

Article cleanup[edit]

This article needs a bit of looking at. The history section's fine, but the selection of halls is confusing. Why have a 10-line entry on the Hall of Human Origins, but hardly a smidgen on the Hall of Ocean Life, African Mammals, or even the highly notable Butterfly Conservatory? I'd suggest looking over the Academy of Natural Sciences article for departments and such. In a few days I'll start adding to the exhibition list, so let me know what you think of how the article is (or any additional changes you might consider). Crimsonraptor (talk) 20:40, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

There, got the Hall of Ocean Life in there. Hopefully this should be the first of many. Crimsonraptor (talk) 22:39, 2 October 2010 (UTC)
Oh, and by the way, about the diorama section---it seems that a lot of halls are smudged in here because they consist of almost entirely dioramas themselves. These halls can still have their own bits, and the diorama section should probably just focus on diorama history or just single ones from each hall. I'd greatly appreciate feedback on this, so any agreements/disagreements can be added and then I can avoid slashing through an article that can really shine someday. I'll wait for a response (because it seems people haven't been looking in here for a while...hence the January above this October). Crimsonraptor (talk) 22:05, 7 October 2010 (UTC)
Hello? Anybody? Crimsonraptor (talk) 22:26, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
Ghost town article. I guess I'll go ahead and make edits. Crimsonraptor (talk) 15:37, 5 December 2010 (UTC)

Velociraptor vs. Protoceratops[edit]

How come the article doesn't say anything about the Velociraptor vs. Protoceratops fossil?

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/fightingdinos/ex-fd.html

24.147.205.155 (talk) 20:55, 26 March 2011 (UTC)

That was a temporary exhibition when this fossil was on tour. It's not part of the museum collection. MMartyniuk (talk) 01:01, 28 March 2011 (UTC)

Oops. Sorry about that. 24.147.205.155 (talk) 19:22, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

Page Re-organizations[edit]

I've been working on completing the list of exhibition halls. Tomorrow I'm making another trip to the museum with the hopes of adding Warburg Hall, Hall of North American Forests, and Hall of South American Indians. At that point I think having all the halls under one heading will be a bit unwieldy, so I'd like to re-organize the exhibition hall section by subject. I'll do my best to go by the museum's classifications, making sections such as "Halls of Biodiversity", "Cultural Halls", etc (this is how the museum's website characterizes them). If there are no objections by the time I'm ready to edit the page again, I'll go ahead with the re-organizing. (NComparato (talk) 00:54, 4 May 2014 (UTC))

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Article size[edit]

Maybe the article should be split into several pages: one article about the museum as a whole, and one or more about its halls. It's very long and difficult to navigate right now. epicgenius (talk) 04:35, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

Are all these timelines really necessary?[edit]

This article, already very cluttered looking, has 4 "timelines": "Life timeline", "Nature timeline", "Human timeline" and last (but not least) a time line for the AMNH itself. While generally informative, the first three timelines are not directly related to the subject of the article insofar as they are not apparently part of the exhibitions at AMNH, nor is there evidence that AMNH has specimens related to each of the elements listed. The elements of the timeline for the AMNH could really be covered in a few short sentences in the body of the article, and I see no need for their presentation in the form of a timeline. Unless there is strenuous disagreement, I think the article would be improved by their removal. Thanks for your attention. Akhooha (talk) 00:55, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

@Akhooha: Thank you for your comments - yes imo the "Human timeline", "Life timeline", "Nature timeline" seem to be an improvement, in terms of overall perspective and context, to the "American Museum of Natural History" article - hope this helps in some way - in any case - Thanks again for your comments - and - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 18:20, 22 September 2016 (UTC)
Thank you for your input, Drbogdan. I am leaving the human, nature, and life timelines in place, but I have removed the AMNH timeline for reasons stated above. I am assuming you have no objections to its removal. Thank you again for your quick reply. Akhooha (talk) 19:02, 22 September 2016 (UTC)
@Akhooha: Thank for your recent post - yes - agreed - no problem whatsoever removing the AMNH timeline if you like - hope this helps - Thanks again - and - Enjoy! :) Drbogdan (talk) 19:47, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

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