Hall of North American Forests

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street

This hall exploring the ecology of North American forests features a piece of a giant sequoia tree. The sequoia, which was cut down in 1891, had survived for more than 1,300 years and its full height exceeded 300 feet. Around the central point of the... more

This hall exploring the ecology of North American forests features a piece of a giant sequoia tree. The sequoia, which was cut down in 1891, had survived for more than 1,300 years and its full height exceeded 300 feet. Around the central point of the tree slice are concentric rings, some of which are invisible to the naked eye; each of these represents one year's growth. Conveying the immense age of the tree are markers on some of the growth rings corresponding to significant historical events, such as Charlemagne being crowned Holy Roman Emperor (800 A.D.).

Traveling through scale rather than time, a diorama of the forest floor represents a cross section of the soil, enlarged to 24 times its actual size. This scene demonstrates the process of decomposition, by which natural debris is broken down into new substances, which exist in the soil as nutrients. While bacteria and fungi help break the debris down, so do some of the creatures re-created in the diorama.


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Hall of North American Forests

Hall of North American Forests
08/26/2019 10:00 AM
Mon, August 26
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Forests
08/27/2019 10:00 AM
Tue, August 27
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Forests
08/28/2019 10:00 AM
Wed, August 28
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Forests
08/29/2019 10:00 AM
Thu, August 29
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Forests
08/30/2019 10:00 AM
Fri, August 30
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Forests
08/31/2019 10:00 AM
Sat, August 31
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Forests
09/01/2019 10:00 AM
Sun, September 01
10:00AM
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Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Forests
09/02/2019 10:00 AM
Mon, September 02
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Forests
09/03/2019 10:00 AM
Tue, September 03
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Hall of North American Forests
09/04/2019 10:00 AM
Wed, September 04
10:00AM
$
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024
Occurs 70 more times through Nov 13

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100

Schedule

August 26, Monday 10:00AM
August 27, Tuesday 10:00AM
August 28, Wednesday 10:00AM
August 29, Thursday 10:00AM
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