01 The American Museum of Natural History

Go to the American Museum of Natural History.
How does it feel when you arrive. What’s your first emotional response?

In my case, I arrived at the museum on a left side, Rose Center, where is directly connected with the central park. I felt that it’s a really interesting approach to visit the Natural History Museum. It seems like visiting this museum is a part of a walk and the ramp inside naturally attracts people to the world that exhibits Earth and Space. Also, contrasting view between trees in nature and massive geometric and futuristic architecture by steel and glass was fairly straightforward as like human life in nature and the Earth. Although I have been visited quite many museums in Europe, I haven’t experienced this kind of accessibility. Someday, I would truly love to access the museum from central by walk.


Please note that monumental sculpture at the Central Park West entrance. Write down what you see. Right there…don’t think about it, don’t put it off. Wander for about a while. Note what catches your eye. Write it down.

I faced the sculpture at the Central Park West entrance in the end. I was quite confused since I was not able to understand the meaning of that. Even if he is a really important historical figure, it seems like an unmatched point in this context. The sculpture seems like a symbol of colony or imperialism because there are two people who assist him besides of horse in the different level. The facade and the sculpture seem like a copy from the scenery of renaissance or Rome age.


 Iimagine it’s actually a museum of the history of exhibit design. The first major exhibit is still on view ( Hall of Northwest Coast Indians, 1896). As a history, you can notice changes in a society’s biases, politics, assumptions of truths. Check out this site to get an overview of the history. Pick one of the older cultural/anthropology halls. How would you update them without changing the exhibits?

Generally, the basic exhibition booth was concise and well-organized I believe. This is because I think they wanted to show the history and figure within a certain context. They normally display the object in the rounded wall, occurring optical illusion. By doing so, visitors are able to feel a more immersive effect, understanding the scene from a holistic perspective.

If I have a chance to change the exhibit, I would like to focus on the exhibition about a dinosaur. This is because the exhibition is made by too much human’s perspective. First of all, I will add some ramps which allow people to more walk up and access to the specific point like head and body since the size of that is totally different from human. Second, I want to add some Augmented Reality to visually display their movements within the huge space which is connected to nature. Last but not least, I’m willing to add VR experience to deliver their perspective how they had been lived with other dinosaurs and species.

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