American Museum of Natural History

Museum
79 Street And Central Park West
New York, New York, United States
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Daily 10am-5:45pm
Opened in 1869
Defunct tiki not included,
distances are as the crow flies.
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Replica moai at American Museum of Natural History in New York
November 2010, photo by Humuhumu
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Humuhumu’s description:

The American Museum of Natural History has a permanent exhibit dedicated to Oceanic art, the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples. Margaret Mead was an anthropologist at the museum from 1926 until her death in 1978. She is most famous for her influence on American thinking about sexuality; she herself was influenced by the differing attitudes towards sex she encountered during her expeditions to the South Pacific.

The hall contains a wide array of anthropological pieces from Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. The anchor of the hall is a 15-foot reproduction of a moai from Rapa Nui, which famously came to life in the film Night at the Museum, bringing a more steady flow of traffic to the hall.

Pieces like those on display at the Hall of Pacific Peoples were a heavy influence on the graphic artists who created the logos, menus and tiki mugs for Polynesian restaurants in mid-20th century America.

How to find it:
The Hall of Pacific Peoples is on the third floor of the museum.
Parking:
The museum has a parking garage.
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July 5, 2013, 7:12 PM
I visited the AMoNH in June of 2012 and it was great, but why is there no mention on Critiki of the Metropolitan Museum of Art? There is a lovely section on Oceanic/Pacific peoples art which I found quite fascinating as a fan of Tiki. I also could see myself visiting the Met more often than the AMoNH if I were in Manhattan.
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