Can You Spot Lewis and Clark at the Museum?
by AMNH on
In the 2006 movie Night at the Museum, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are shown catching the uptown bus on Central Park West after breaking out of a Museum diorama.
As visitors to the Museum quickly realize, Lewis and Clark actually can’t be found in any of our world-famous dioramas. But there is a way to see them: just step outside the main entrance and crane your neck up, way up.
The explorers—who began their famous expedition to the Pacific coast 210 years ago today—are depicted as full-size sculptures at the top of the Museum’s Central Park West façade, alongside statues of frontiersman Daniel Boone and naturalist-painter John James Audubon. Widely known for their journey through the uncharted West, Lewis and Clark also documented flora and fauna on their two-year trip, creating an invaluable snapshot of early nineteenth century America’s wilderness and wildlife.
The façade on which the sculptures are perched is itself part of a tribute to another naturalist-explorer, Theodore Roosevelt, whose official New York State memorial includes the interior Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda on the Museum’s second floor and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall on the first floor as well.