New York. Looking north from the roof of the Dakota Apartments, 72ns Street and Central Park West, 1887. The forlorn little museum in the center frame is the American Museum of Natural History, its Calvert Vaux and
Jacob Wrey Mould
designed wing to soon be buried under grander expansions.
On May 14, 1804, 210 years ago today, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set out on their historic expedition to find a route to the Pacific. They arrived at the Pacific coast of Oregon in November of 1805.
In the 2006 movie Night at the Museum, Lewis and Clark are shown catching the uptown bus on Central Park West after breaking out of a Museum diorama, but as visitors to the Museum quickly realize, Lewis and Clark actually can’t be found in any of our world-famous dioramas.
There is one way to see these explorers at the Museum: just step outside the main entrance and crane your neck up…way up.