This beautiful, informative card deck captures, in pictures and words, 100 of the museum’s most important artifacts, specimens, and exhibits—from a fossilized dinosaur’s nest to the largest blue star sapphire in the world (563 carats!)
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is one of the world’s preeminent natural history museums and research institutions. Its collections contain more than 33 million specimens, including animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, as well as cultural artifacts. Now this acclaimed collection is represented in a stunning and informative card deck featuring 100 treasures that encompass the most fascinating, iconic, and wide-ranging of the Museum’s artifacts.
The card deck covers each of the Museum’s major areas of exhibition, including Birds, Reptiles, and Amphibians; Earth and Planetary Science; Fossils; Human Origins and Culture; Mammals; Biodiversity and the Environmental; and the Hayden Planetarium.
Some of the 100 objects include:
- the Cape York Meteorite, discovered in Greenland in 1894
- the Great Canoe, created in 1878 by a Native artist from the Pacific Northwest and carved from the trunk of a large cedar tree
- the Blue Whale, a fiberglass replica of a 94-foot whale found in 1925 off South George Island
- the Warren Mastodon skeleton, the first complete mastodon skeleton discovered in the United States.
Each card presents a full-frame photograph of the object on the front and a 200-word description on the back that tells of the origin and age of the object and its scientific and historic significance.