The AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, in Manhattan Square, at Seventy-seventh street, may be visited as a part of the Park tour. The Museum is open from 10 A. M. to ; 1 P. M. on week days, and from 1 to 5 P. M. on Sunday. Admission is free on every clay in the year.
The present buildings form part of a group which will cover the en-tire square. The departments of the american museum of natural history embrace Geology, Minerals, Mammals and Birds, Vertebrate Palaeontology, Anthropology, Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology. The collections in the several halls are extensive and complete; from the stuffed effigy of the elephant Jumbo to microscopic specimens of beetles, the world of nature is here presented, classified and labeled for study.
Among the most striking exhibits are cases of taxidermy groups, exquisite representations of birds and mammals amid their life surroundings; the forty-eight groups of birds and twenty-two of mammals. Of bird specimens for study, the american museum of natural history possesses 60,000, and of mammals 20,000. In Entomology there are the Jesup collection of economic entomology, Elliot of 6,600 butterflies and moths, Angus of 13,000 butter-flies, Edwards of 250,000 butterflies, Schaus of 5,000 moths, Hoffman of 5,000 butterflies, a collection of I0,000 beetles and a series illustrating insect architecture. North American forestry is shown in the Jesup collection of wood, embracing more than 500 specimens; and of North American building stones there are 1,500.
Gems and pearls are show,. in the famous Tiffany collection, presented by J. P. Morgan. There are more than 10,000 shells; and marine life is illustrated by extensive series. In archaeology and ethnology there are collections from all parts of the world; the Christian Missions collections number thousands of objects illustrating the customs and domestic life of different races.
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