My Favorite Part of the American Museum of Natural History

New York City is blessed with a wide variety of cultural institutions, especially the number of excellent museums.  One of the most popular, ranking up there with the best in the world, is the American Museum of Natural History

There is so much to see at its five level building on Central Park West, popular exhibitions and stunning displays, that it can be overwhelming to try to absorb it all.  When I visited today with my family, we checked out the amazing skeletons of gigantic dinosaurs, the fantastic diaramas in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, the spectacular 1,000-pound stibnite that looks like something from Superman's Fortress of Solitude, and the dazzling Hall of Gems and Hall of Minerals.

My favorite place of all at AMNH is the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites, which has the world's largest meteorite on display.  It takes my breath away to see moon rocks, pieces of Mars, and fragments from the Asteroid Belt that have fallen to Earth right there before my eyes. 

The museum also has other great destinations within its hallowed halls -- the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Hayden Planetarium, the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Hall of the Universe, and so much more.  It's incredible that it all can be found under basically one roof.

If you're in New York, the American Museum of Natural History should be on your must-see list.  Some of the attractions right now include "Race to the End of the Earth" about the exploration of Antarctica, "Lizards and Snakes: Alive," the movie "Hubble" narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, and "Journey to the Stars," narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.  Coming up, don't miss "Brain: The Inside Story," beginning November 20, 2010, through August 14, 2011.