Recipients of Charles Hayden Foundation Grants
200 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Founded in 1869 and chartered as an educational institution by the New York State Board of Regents in 1909, the American Museum of Natural History pursues a mission "to discover, interpret, and disseminate--"through scientific research and education--"knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe." The Museum is one of the world's preeminent scientific cultural institutions, advancing knowledge about the history and diversity of life, human cultures, and the natural world, and interpreting and presenting that knowledge to the public--"roughly 5 million visitors onsite in 2012, and many millions more around the world who visit Museum exhibitions in their home communities and online.
Grounded in the work of the Museum's more than 200 scientists, the Museum's Education Department serves close to 500,000 students and teachers on school visits, more than 4,000 teachers with professional development opportunities, roughly 2,000 students who participate in out-of-school-programs, and hundreds of thousands of visitors who benefit from the Museum's public programs offered each year.
The iconic new Hayden Planetarium (including its Hayden Big Bang Theater) is one of the Museum's greatest draws; since its opening in February 2000 through February 2013, the four Space Shows to date have drawn more than 12.3 million viewers to the Museum. In the past year alone, more than one million visitors have seen the Museum's latest Space Show, Journey to the Stars, including close to 100,000 students and teachers.