The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City

The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City

Opens Friday, February 17, 2023 

Designed by Studio Gang, the international architecture and urban design practice led by Jeanne Gang, the 230,000-square-foot Gilder Center project features spectacular architecture inspired by natural Earth processes, inviting exploration of the fascinating, 

far-reaching relationships among species that comprise life on Earth and revealing connections across the Museum’s rich collections, trailblazing research initiatives, educational programs, and exhibits. The Gilder Center links many of the Museum’s buildings, creating a continuous campus across four city blocks, while providing a dramatic embodiment of one of the Museum’s essential messages: that all life is connected. 

The Gilder Center will feature an immersive theater that reveals the natural world through spectacular visualizations of scientific data, an insectarium dedicated to the most diverse group of animals on Earth, a permanent butterfly vivarium where visitors can mingle with free-flying butterflies, a publicly accessible library, state-of-the classrooms, and more. For more information on the Gilder Center, please visit 

The American Museum of Natural History, founded in 1869, is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum is one of the top destinations in New York City, welcoming millions of visitors annually. 

With a dual mission of scientific research and science education, the Museum encompasses more than 40 permanent exhibition halls, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions, theaters, classrooms, and myriad scientific facilities. 

In order to discover, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about the natural world, Museum scientists draw on a world-class collection of more than 34 million specimens and artifacts, some of which are billions of years old, and on one of the largest natural history libraries in the world. 

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