11 Totally Free Images From NYC's Best Museums and Libraries

Over the past few months, a number of museums have begun digitizing their rare and beautiful pieces of art, historical documents, and rare artifacts, and offering them online in high-resolution, downloadable formats. » 5/27/14 9:00am 5/27/14 9:00am

Get Your Artifacts Identified Today at the Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of Gizmodo's favorite places in NYC, and today's an especially cool day to visit: it's Identification Day, when you can bring in your fossils, unidentified plants, unknown family heirlooms, or just about anything else old or unusual, and have it identified by museum… » 5/10/14 2:50pm 5/10/14 2:50pm

Chat With a Paleontologist About Pterosaurs and the AMNH's New Exhibit

The American Museum of Natural History here in New York just kicked off an exhibit about those ancient flying reptiles called pterosaurs. These rulers of the sky happen to be the least understood of prehistoric creatures, so we've got Mark Norell, the curator in charge of the paleontology department at the AMNH and … » 5/02/14 10:40am 5/02/14 10:40am

10 Amazing Photos From the Museum of Natural History's Online Archive

Today, the American Museum of Natural History put online their entire catalog of archival images. The Digital Special Collection consists of over 7,000 photos, slides, and illustration spanning the world over. We sifted through the pile and picked out a few favorites. » 4/28/14 3:41pm 4/28/14 3:41pm

How The AMNH Is Using 3D Printing To Copy Dinosaur Bones

You’re a high school science teacher and your class is learning about dinosaurs. You can’t exactly run to the local dino bone barn and buy some bargain bones for them to see first-hand. But what if you had access to a 3D printer? Enter the American Museum of Natural History’s education department, which is… » 12/06/13 12:20pm 12/06/13 12:20pm

Inside a Lethal Exhibit Dedicated to the Power of Poison

Poison can be a curse, a killer, and even a medicine—an alchemical substance that appears in everything from myth to literature. You might not think of poison as being this multifaceted, but that's exactly what the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit—The Power of Poison—delightfully urges you to do. » 11/15/13 4:20pm 11/15/13 4:20pm

AMNH 3D-Printing Camp: Let's Make Some Dinos

At the American Museum of Natural History's two-week camp Capturing Dinosaurs: Reconstructing Extinct Species Through Digital Fabrication, a group of teens learned the processes and tools used by paleontologists for studying dinosaur bones and digitally reconstructing them. And we got to tag along for some of it. » 7/22/13 6:25pm 7/22/13 6:25pm

An Awesome 1940s Photo of Making a Cast of a Giant Fish

We don't know much about this photo snapped in 1940. It shows Ludwig Ferraglio making a cast of a fish called Acrotus Willoughbyi but that's about all we know. » 2/27/13 3:40pm 2/27/13 3:40pm

The American Museum of Natural History Updated the Lighting in this…

The Hall of North American Mammals reopens this month at the American Museum of Natural History in New York CIty, after a pretty thorough restoration effort that involved—among much else—replacing all of the older lighting fixtures with fixtures that are more energy efficient. » 10/01/12 7:30pm 10/01/12 7:30pm

How and When to Watch the Venus Transit Today

Unless someone discovers the fountain of youth in the next few decades, almost everyone alive right now won't see another Venus transit after today's. That's why everyone is watching it, from astronaut Don Pettit at the International Space Station's cupola to every telescope on Earth to a navy of space vessels in… » 6/05/12 12:40pm 6/05/12 12:40pm

This Proton Torpedo Is Venus On Its Current Sun's Interception Course

The transit of Venus over the Sun is tomorrow and it has already appeared in NASA's SOHO wider field coronagraph's field of view. It's the proton torpedo heading into the Sun. The one getting away was fired from a cloaked Klingon ship. Or perhaps it's Mercury. » 6/04/12 12:16pm 6/04/12 12:16pm

This Video of Venus Crossing the Sun Seems Straight Out of Star Wars…

The transit of Venus is one of the rarest astronomical events in our solar system. It happens in pairs, every century. This awe-inspiring video shows the first of this century's pair, which happened in 2004. The next one is about to happen—on June 5, 2012. » 5/30/12 2:20pm 5/30/12 2:20pm

These Letters of Wannabe Space Explorers Broke My Heart

I love these letters sent to the American Museum of Natural History by wannabe space explorers from the 1950s. They are so wonderfully naive and full of hope, some of them really funny, others quite sad in hindsight. » 12/19/11 8:00pm 12/19/11 8:00pm

What Does the Moon Smell Like?

One of the things I loved about the AMNH's Beyond Planet Earth exhibition was a seemingly gimmicky, but quite surprising device: a machine that allows you to sniff what the Moon smells like! It was... weird. » 11/18/11 2:00pm 11/18/11 2:00pm

These Are the Real McFly Shoes of the Future—and Their Matching…

One of the coolest things at the AMNH's Beyond Planet Earth exhibition is the next-generation spacesuit, made of a stretchy fabric made of spandex, nylon and a new substance that will eliminate baggy suits forever. Skinny is in on Mars. » 11/17/11 10:04am 11/17/11 10:04am

You Can't Miss the New Beyond Planet Earth Exhibition at the AMNH

Even if you are not a space nerd who wears NASA underpants, you can't miss Beyond Planet Earth, the new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. It will make you understand why we need to move forward in space. » 11/16/11 9:20am 11/16/11 9:20am

Join a Space Visual Fest at the American Museum of Natural History

Atten-shun, spacenerds! The American Museum of Natural History and Vimeo are hosting a private screening party in anticipation for the museum's next amazing exhibit: Beyond Planet Earth. If you are in NYC on October 4, you can't miss this. » 9/27/11 5:03pm 9/27/11 5:03pm

Gizmodo and io9's Late-Night AMNH Adventure Was the Coolest Thing That…

Last night, a few hundred lucky readerfolk and museum fanboys got the chance to steal away into the American Museum of Natural History for an after hours, behind-the-scenes tour of one of the great nerd meccas in the world. » 8/19/11 3:13pm 8/19/11 3:13pm

How to Build The World's Largest Dinosaur

As if the anyone needs additional incentive to be interested in a dinosaur exhibit beyond, like, dinosaurs, the American Museum of Natural History is opening The World's Largest Dinosaurs, centered around a massive half-skin, half-dissected, life-sized Mamenchisaurus. » 4/15/11 7:40pm 4/15/11 7:40pm