Pure Wonder: The American Museum of Natural History

It is encouraging that, in the age of limitless, hyper-digitized, high-def 3D imagery, the static, hand made naturalist dioramas of The American Museum of Natural History in New York can effect visitors so powerfully. The craftsmanship, attention to detail, and beauty of these scenes were completely arresting and I (Austin) was catapulted into a childlike sense of wonder the moment I walked through the door at The AMNH. Below are some shots from my favorite exhibits. They are, of course, merely two dimensional snapshots of moments that you really need to experience in person. After my first visit, I'm convinced the AMNH is one of America's truly priceless institutions. You can plan a visit here or support the museum here.