American Museum of Natural History

Since its founding in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History has been dedicated to a joint mission of science and public education. AMNH continues to provide a unique platform for communicating the results of current research to the public. The Museum’s audience is one of the largest and most diverse of any museum in the country. Each year nearly four million people visit onsite, about half of them children. The online audience doubles the onsite attendance, with over four million unique visitors a year to the Museum’s online collections and databases, digital library, exhibition-related Web sites, interactive curricular materials for students and teachers, and other resources based on Museum science, research resources, and collections. The Museum offers a wide array of educational programs targeted to various audiences—students from preschool through high school, families, educators, and the general public. These programs take place on-site and at schools and community sites throughout the City, as part of the Museum’s continuing efforts to extend its resources beyond its walls. In 2006, the Museum announced the opening of The Richard Gilder Graduate School and its Ph.D. Program in Comparative Biology. The Museum is the first American museum granted the authority to award its own Ph.D. degree. The Gilder School offers unique opportunities for students to participate in AMNH’s educational mission as part of their course of study. Approximately 500,000 children visit the Museum each year through school or camp group visits. These visits are facilitated by education staff or trained teaching volunteers and are enriched by the Teachers’ Guides and Student Field Journals sent to every group before their visit. Many visits are focused on special multi-cultural programming designed to reflect the City’s diversity. In addition, the Museum offers on-site after school, enrichment, and workforce development programs which allow students of a variety of ages......


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