The $40 million restoration project took 3 years to complete and now the public can enjoy the newly restored Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and Jill and Lewis Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals.
Theodore Roosevelt was New York State’s 33rd Governor and the nation’s 26th President.
Theodore Roosevelt’s presence can be felt throughout the museum, from the Central Park West façade to the Theodore Roosevelt rotunda to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall, which was built in a grand Roman style between 1929 and 1935.
It’s only natural that TR’s official memorial, and brand new statue, are located in the American Natural History Museum, given his close association with the institution and his passion for science.
Theodore’s father helped found the museum. The original charter creating the museum was even signed in the Roosevelt family home in 1869.
The Hall of North American Mammals first opened to the public in 1942 with 10 dioramas depicting North America’s natural wonders.
TR was a life-long explorer, naturalist and conservation enthusiast.
He was a leader in the American conservation movement.
During his life he placed nearly 230 million acres under federal protection.
He also set aside five national parks, four game preserves, 51 bird refuges, and 18 national monuments.
The Central Park West façade was cleaned top to bottom and given brand new energy efficient exterior lighting!
The three large colorful murals, found in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, depicting milestones from his public life, were beautifully restored to their original glory.