Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Collections Core

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Collections are the evidence that scientists can study now and long into the future.

Only a small fraction of the Museum's specimens and objects are on view in exhibit halls. Millions more, from dinosaur fossils to fish skeletons, DNA specimens, and digital maps of the Milky Way, are stored and studied by researchers behind the scenes

Now, you can see more of these collections: more than 3,000 specimens and artifacts, displayed across three levels of 35 engaging exhibits in the Gerstner Collections Core, including the Macaulay Family Foundation Collection Galleries on the first and second floors.

Find out how they are studied and what they can reveal about the universe and life on our planet–including ourselves. Behind the displays, visitors can glimpse some of the Museum's working collections.

Museum visitors stand in front of glass display cases and view specimens from the Museum's collection on the second floor of the Collections Core in the Gilder Center. Three levels of engaging exhibits, including the Macaulay Family Foundation Collection Galleries on the first and second floors, display 3,000 artifacts and specimens.
Alvaro Keding/© AMNH
Museum scientist works amongst specimen files, and is visible to visitors behind the glass display cases that house Museum specimens in the Gilder Center. Visitors can glimpse behind the displays into the Museum's extensive working research collections, which are used by researchers, students, and others.
Alvaro Keding/© AMNH

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What You'll See 

Child views a fossil footprint housed inside a glass display case.
This footprint of a hadrosaur, or duck-billed dinosaur, on an almost 3-by-4-foot slab, was left in what is now Utah between 72-83 million years ago. 
Alvaro Keding/© AMNH

Explore spectacular displays, and the stories behind the specimens in digital interactive exhibits, across three levels.

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