Monday, September 10, 2007
Day 9: A Day At The Museum
The Museum of Natural History (wiki) is perhaps the best museum in New York. There are 46 halls filled with exhibits ranging from dinosaur bones to a great Blue Whale hanging from the ceiling.
The numerous dinosaur exhibits takes almost a floor to itself in the museum. There were bones from land and the sea dinosaurs. The above were taken in the lobby.
There are hundreds of amazingly well preserved animals in North American Mammals Hall. Collectors, as I was told by the tour guide, had to wait for the animals to die before preserving them. The exhibits are as real as zoo animals except they don't move.
This is the T-Rex from the dinosaur halls. You would think that this Rex is smaller than the one from Jurassic Park. It is. The one in the movie can swallow a toilet if you remember.
The collections, not just the dinosaur bones, in the museum were so heavy that the museum had extra thick ceilings just to compensate the weight.
One of the several dinosaurs I've never seen before.
Check out the finger bones.
Some marine life exhibits. The fish from the second photos are not their real sizes. See the fish that looks flat and has tall fins on the top and bottom? That fish can grow larger Mini Cooper.
It would probably take a day or two to read everything in the museum.
An almost life-size blue whale hangs from the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life.
Fish were not preserved but were instead models. It's not easy to preserve fish.
There's a section on all things rock and related to geographical history of earth.
This was John Lennon's home, Dakota Building.
Walk across the street to Strawberry Fields in Central Park to visit a small memorial for John Lennon.
Thought of the day:
Abercrombie and Fitch is probably the most crowded store I've been into. T-shirts are around US$25 each. Quality of the clothing is not bad too. You would have a difficult time finding sales assistants because they look like the crowd themselves, the late teens.
More importantly perhaps, is the successful marketing and image the store had established. Their slogan," The highest quality, casual, All-American lifestyle clothing for aspirational men and women."
The local shop I could think of, with that type of crowd per square metre, would probably be Charles and Keith. The A&F store was filled up to the third floor.
If you like business, read up more on Wikipedia.
All the days in New York City:
Day 7: Yatta! New York Time Square
Day 8: Getting To The Top of the Empire State Building
Day 9: A Day At The Museum
Day 10: Gold at Radio City
Day 11: New York Public Library is Grand