The American Museum of Natural History to open major new development in February 2023!

The American Museum of Natural History has today announced that the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will open to the public on Friday 17 February 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.

Exhibition design is by Ralph Appelbaum Associates. The immersive theater is designed by Tamschick Media+Space and Boris Micka Associates. For more information on the Gilder Center, please visit

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