AMNH Announces Richard Gilder Center Opening Date

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There’s been opposition since the beginning — specifically among Theodore Roosevelt Park-goers who’ve argued the project would make the green space smaller and less usable —  but the American Museum of Natural History has announced that the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation will open to the public on Friday, February 17, 2023.


Designed by Studio Gang, the 230,000-square-foot space will feature architecture inspired by “natural Earth processes, inviting exploration of the fascinating, far-reaching relationships among species that comprise life on Earth and revealing connections across the Museum’s rich collections, trailblazing research initiatives, educational programs, and exhibits,” the AMNH stated in a Monday press release.

Richard Gilder entrance

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The Center will link together many of the Museum’s buildings, and its entry point will be The Kenneth C. Griffin Exploration Atrium, a four-story space which will flow through the museum to create a connection from CPW to Columbus Ave and open onto Theodore Roosevelt Park.

Kenneth C. Griffin Exploration Atrium

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The Gilder Center will come with an immersive theater, an insectarium, a permanent butterfly vivarium, a publicly accessible library, state-of-the classrooms, and more.

Gottesman Research Library and Learning Center

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Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Collections Core

The Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Collections Core © Neoscape, Inc.

Richard Gilder Center Vivarium

The Davis Family Butterfly Vivarium © Neoscape, Inc.

For more information about the spaces mentioned above, read our previous write-up about the Gilder Center. For updates, please visit

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