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The American Museum of Natural History: The Evolution of Science

In 1869, the American Museum of Natural History was founded. Back then, there was not much knowledge regarding the different places, cultures and oceans outside of western societies as well as the history of life on this planet.

Accomplishments such as the publication of the Origin of Species of Charles Darwin, the revelation of the structure of the atom, the disclosure of the laws of heredity, the revelation of the theories of relativity of Albert Einstein, and the mapping of the three billion nucleotides of the human genome propitiated the success and the expansion of science at this Museum. The personnel of the American Museum of Natural History has 200 Scientists (40 of them are tenure-track curators) that are in charge of training, scientific research, collections management and laboratory work.

This Museum has a doctoral training program that is connected with universities such as Cornell, Yale, the City University of New York, Columbia and other New York universities). This doctoral training program is large and diversified; in fact, it is the largest and most diversified program of this kind that any unaffiliated museum offers.

The Library of the Museum is an invaluable resource, it is among the greatest natural history libraries of the world; it has over 400,000 volumes. The American Museum of Natural History offers programs such as Cosmic Collisions, the Butterfly Conservatory, Galapagos and the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites. Any trip to New York should include a visit to this Museum.

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