American Museum of Natural History

Where: New York City

I think I could have spent about 5 years looking round this museum. I went just before Christmas and as soon as I saw the enormous festive greenery dinosaur sculptures standing outside I knew I was in for a treat. I loved the more traditional natural history exhibits, of course: the taxidermy and skeletons and meteorites (those, taken by Western explorers from a Greenlandic Inuit community who used them as a source of iron I could have done without, but they are an important reminder of a not-so-distant colonial past, for sure). But the real best-bit of this museum was how many amazing gallery spaces there were just tucked away. I particularly enjoyed the one focussed on the peoples of the North West Coast of North America – but then I would say that, wouldn’t I?

Don’t miss: Less of a ‘don’t miss’ and more of a ‘try and find’ Margaret Mead telling you that, when it comes to anthropological fieldwork, the real key is to know your own culture first. Heaven.



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