Connections to Other Museum Halls

Continue your exploration of water throughout the Museum. Here are some good places to start looking:

Milstein Hall of Ocean Life ©AMNH / D. Finnin - Click to enlarge
Milstein Hall of Ocean Life ©AMNH / D. Finnin
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Milstein Hall of Ocean Life (1st floor)
  • Ecosystem dioramas on the upper level: Life began in water. Observe the extraordinary ways in which organisms have adapted to eight ecosystems that range from mangroves to deep-sea vents.
  • Trees of Life: Almost every primary group of organisms is represented in the ocean. Look at the displays on either side of the entrance to see the diversity of marine organisms.

Hall of North American Mammals ©AMNH / D. Fininn - Click to enlarge
Hall of North American Mammals ©AMNH / D. Fininn
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Hall of North American Mammals (1st floor)
Observe how water has shaped the landscapes depicted in the backgrounds of these dioramas:
  • Mountain Goat: Striped by debris from smaller glaciers on either side, this massive river of ice has gouged a channel through the rock.
  • Coyote: Valleys like this one—with flat bottoms, steep walls, and waterfalls—are formed in the wake of alpine glacial erosion.
  • Mule Deer: This ancient volcanic core resisted the erosive power of the water that created the plains around it.
  • Grizzly Bear: The energy of the Yellowstone River sliced this canyon through the rocky uplift.
  • Mountain Lion: The dramatic walls of the Grand Canyon were sculpted by the Colorado River.

Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth (1st floor)
  • What Causes Climate and Climate Change? This wall panel illustrates the fundamental role that water plays in energy transport around Earth.
  • Granite Traces: Opposite the above wall panel is a large, touchable piece of granite (#10) with scratches called striations, made by glaciers.
  • Earth Cycles: These panels show the integral role of water in the erosion process and in the carbon and rock cycles.
  • How Do We Read the Rocks? Look at different kinds of rocks in this section of the hall for evidence of how water shaped them.

Warburg Hall of New York State Environment (1st floor)
  • Life in the Water: Observe a freshwater lake's cycle of nutrition and decay, and its seasonal cycle of water movement and distribution.
  • Glaciation: An ice sheet once covered much of New York State. (What signs of glaciation can you find across the street on the rocks of Central Park?)

Hall of Biodiversity (1st floor)
Panels and computer terminals behind the rain forest diorama describe the role of water in different ecosystems, related environmental issues, and what you can do to protect this vital resource.

Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples (3rd floor)
These island populations are truly "water people." Look for examples of the skills and tools they have developed for a life that revolved around the Pacific Ocean.

More Cultural Halls
Visit the halls of Northwest Coast Indians (1st floor), South American Peoples (2nd floor), African Peoples (2nd floor), and Eastern Woodland Indians (3rd floor), to compare and contrast the role of water in the daily life of these very different groups. Where did people settle? What artifacts can you find that involved the use of water in spiritual and practical life (such as fishing, cooking, navigation, and ornamentation)?


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