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    Horses and Hunters

    Consider the early interactions between horses and humans; see prehistoric stone tools and ancient cave paintings.

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    The Dawn of Domestication

    See a re-creation of an ancient village dig site where researchers are finding clues about early horse domestication.

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    Man and Horse

    This skeleton mount created by Samuel Harmsted Chubb for AMNH shows a man trying to control a rearing horse.

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    At this computer interactive, learn how adaptations to the horse's anatomy and senses have made them a great partner for humans.

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    Horses as Spiritual

    This terra-cotta horse is from India, where potters create massive horse figures as an offering to the god Aiyanar.

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    Horses for Sport

    Equestrian sports examined include chariot races, Afghan buzkashi thoroughbred races, polo, and hunting on horseback.

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    Learn About Breeds

    Discover characteristics of many different breeds of horses at this computer interactive.

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    An Enduring Bond

    This final section takes a look at the relationship between horses and humans today.

The Horse

The Horse, a comprehensive exhibition on the enduring bond between horses and humanity, explores early interactions between horses and humans and shows how horses have, over time, influenced civilization including major changes in warfare, trade, transportation, agriculture, sports, and many other facets of human life. The exhibition showcases spectacular fossils, models, dioramas, and cultural objects from around the world, including many from the Museum’s extraordinary collections. 

The Horse is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, United Arab Emirates; the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau-Ottawa; The Field Museum, Chicago; and the San Diego Natural History Museum.



“An uplifting example of how horses enrich our lives” – The New York Times

“You absolutely must see it” – New York Post

“Kids are going to have a ball here” – San Diego Union Tribune

Exhibition Information

Venue Gallery Size:

6,000 – 7,000 ft2

(550 – 750 m2)


Venue Ceiling Height:

13 ft recommended

(4 m)


Conservation & Security Requirements:



Standard Rental Length:

16 weeks


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