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The Arthur Ross Terrace will be closed this morning, Tuesday, October 21, for a private cultural observance. You many observe smoke and/or fire coming from the Terrace at that time. The FDNY has been notified in advance, and all safety precautions are in place. The Terrace will reopen at 1 pm.

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Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Moai Cast

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Moai Cast

Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is famous for its rows of moai, basalt figures of deified ancestors that were carved in quarries, then moved to a platform on the water's edge. This plaster cast was made from a mold secured during a 1934-1935 Museum expedition to Rapa Nui, 2,000 miles west of the Chilean coast.

There are 887 moai on Rapa Nui, where they are revered, even considered by some islanders to be sacred. Since the Museum's moai cast was featured in the movie Night at the Museum, it has become a popular exhibit.

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