News & Events
Workshop, October 2 - 4, 2013
Co-convened by the American Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of Australia. This workshop explores how museums can engage communities in ways that foster understanding and help with adapting to processes of climate change.
April 4 - August 3, 2013
Confluences: An American Expedition to Northern Burma, 1935, the exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Focus Gallery explores the complex social life of the extraordinary enterprise through the working relations among participants of every kind, whose encounters shaped the collections that were to enter the museum. The exhibition includes a fascinating selection of the objects the expedition collected, documentation, photographs, and film footage drawn from various departments of the AMNH.
May 9, 2012
The American Museum of History, Division of Anthropology welcomed a delegation of master craftsmen and native experts from the Sakha Republic in the Russian Federation. The group had come to New York to attend and perform during the annual United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York. At the museum, the group examined objects collected by Waldemar Jochelson during the American Museum of Natural History’s Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897-1902).
Four carved and painted house posts were recently reinstalled near the entrance of the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians. These pieces were part of an important multi-year project to undertake conservation treatments on nearly half of the 77 large scale carvings in the hall. The project was funded by generous grants from the Institute for Museum and Library services and the Stockman Family Foundation.
December 22, 2011
Book by Dr. Stanley Freed, Curator Emeritus of North American Ethnology. A meticulously researched two-volume history, 1869-1969, based on primary documents and illustrated with halftones and color photographs. Dr. Freed introduces the vivid personalities who developed anthropology and the major early museums. With over 50 years experience that included personal relationships with some of these men and women, Freed offers fresh insights, an "inside-the-museum" point of view.
October 11, 2011
A group of Bhutanese Buddhist dignitaries visited the Division of Anthropology to see some tangkas (Buddhist paintings) and sculptures in the Museum collections. The High Lama Dorji Lopen Ngawang Tenzin Rinpoche from Paro, Bhutan, and Lama Karma Namgyel who runs the Drukpa Mila Buddhist Center in Longmont, Colorado, were accompanied by a Bhutanese monk and two young Bhutanese ladies.
Wired Magazine visited St. Catherines Island, GA to talk with Ginessa Mahar, the North American Archaeology lab supervisor at the American Museum of Natural History, about the ongoing excavations on the island. The purpose of the visit was to feature the various types of equipment being used by archaeologists today. Click on the link to read the article.
April 18-22, 2011
A delegation of Zuni representatives visited the American Museum of Natural History on an exciting cultural mission - to add the Museum's Zuni artifacts to an innovative digital collaborative catalog created by and for the Zuni people. This collaboration was funded by the National Park Service through a generous grant, which the Museum applied for on the delegation's behalf.