Through a unique collaboration with the American Museum of Natural History, as well as with other cultural and educational institutions in the nation, the Museum at Prairiefire is a place that provides access for all to understand and celebrate natural history and science in our region and around the world. The Museum engages visitors and students with world-class exhibitions, important programming, and significant educational and STEM opportunities.
As the only building in the United States to feature Dichroic Glass developed by NASA, the Museum at Prairiefire’s exterior is as unique as what it holds inside. We encourage you to walk around the building and study the limestone, mostly quarried from Kansas, and see what fossil stories you can find. Watch for changing colors in the glass at different times of the day; fiery reds, purples and oranges in the daylight, and a sea of blue hues by night. Architect: Jonathan Kharfen | Verner Johnson
The American Museum of Natural History, located in New York City and founded in 1869, is one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. The Museum encompasses 45 permanent exhibition halls, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, as well as galleries for temporary exhibitions. Five active research divisions and three cross-disciplinary centers support 200 scientists, whose work draws on a world-class permanent collection of more than 32 million specimens and artifacts, including specialized collections for frozen tissue and genomic and astrophysical data, as well as one of the largest natural history libraries in the Western Hemisphere. Through its Richard Gilder Graduate School, it is the first American museum authorized to grant the Ph.D. degree. In 2012, the Museum began offering a pilot Master of Arts in Teaching with a specialization in earth science. Approximately 5 million visitors from around the world came to the Museum last year, and its exhibitions and Space Shows can be seen in venues on five continents.
The Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-reaching program of scientific research, education and exhibitions.
Long celebrated for the depth of its collections and the wide scope of its halls, the Museum has continuously been at the forefront of scientific discovery and interpretive programming. The Museum is dedicated both to acquiring scientific knowledge and to sharing that information with the broadest audience possible. By combining research and educational efforts, the Museum seeks to expand public understanding of the cosmos and the diversity of life on Earth.