Tour of the Dinosaur Halls

Lecture / Panel
For NYU Community



Saturday, March 24, 2012.....3:00 to 5:15 P.M.

Meeting up in the Teddy Roosevelt Rotunda near the Dinosaur. Tour and material provided by Donald Phillips, teacher and lecturer STS 2323.

* Due to space restrictions, all attending must reserve a place on the tour. To do so, contact Donald Phillips at X 3780 or by E-mail at

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City houses the largest public display of dinosaur fossils on earth. Fully 80 to 85% of all of the specimens are original fossils, in contrast to the increasingly common practice in most museums of displaying only casts of the originals. Also, included in the displays are some of the pivotal fossils in understanding dinosaurs and their evolution.

This special tour is offered as an accompaniment to the course STS 2323 Dinosaurs : Resurrecting an Extinct Species. Although many of you may have visited the halls already, this tour will include social and historical information about the specimens and paleontologists not included in the museum's exhibit text or signage.

Since the date selected by the students is a Saturday, and the event finishes early, you may wish to spend the rest of Saturday evening in Manhattan - there’s plenty to see & do. You may bring friends and family members on the tour if there is room.

* The tour is open to the Polytechnic University community (students in the course have priority attendance, of course*) on a first-come, first-serve basis. Although the tour is free, those attending are responsible for any donation admission requirements of the Museum.

Directions to the Museum:

The American Museum is located at 79th St. and Central Park West in Manhattan. Note, the subways are frequently rerouted due to construction work on weekends, so the directions below may need to be modified. From the Poly area, take the A train to 59th St. and Columbus Circle. There, transfer to the C (if running) or B local and take this to the 81st St. Museum of Natural History stop. You may also take the IRT number 2 or 3 trains to 72nd St., and catch the number 1 local to 79th St. Exit and walk east uphill for a few blocks to the museum complex. Walk around the complex to the right until you come to the museum entrance on Central Park West. Meet up in the Teddy Roosevelt Rotunda near the Dinosaur.

Note: This event is required for students registered in course STS 2323. Since it is required, a class will be cancelled to compensate for it.

Price: Ticket Price - Pay what you wish