Easter Island Head
If you are coming to the Museum on Saturday, May 25, please use one of the following entrances: 79th Street and Central Park West, subway entrance, or Weston Pavilion (Columbus Avenue entrance). The 81st Street entrance will be closed, but the Hayden Planetarium Space Show will be shown on a normal schedule.
Famous for its stone statues, Easter Island is farther from any human settlement than any place on earth—2,000 miles off the Chilean coast. The nearest inhabited place is Pitcairn Island, which was settled by mutineers from the HMS Bounty in 1790.
This plaster head was made from a mold brought from Easter Island in the 1930s. About 250 full and partial statues remain on the island, some more than 30 feet high and weighing 40 tons. They were carved from grayish brown lava from island quarries.
Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples