See America Right This Fourth of July

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Not only is the Museum open on the fourth of July, it’s a great place to take a tour of the great American outdoors without ever leaving the city. The Hall of North American Forests and the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals are home to dioramas from state and national parks around the United States that make for a perfect staycation.

Even if you’re taking a four-day weekend, getting to Yellowstone and back is a stretch. You can check out the next best thing in the Grizzly Bear diorama, though!

Grizzly Bear Diorama

Grizzly bears are one of many species that can be found in Yellowstone National Park. 

© AMNH/D. Finnin


The Grand Canyon is one of our nation’s most iconic natural sites, but only the Museum offers a mountain lion's-eye view of this geological wonder.

Cougar (Mountain Lion) diorama

A pair of cougars rests in the Arizona shade in this diorama in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals.

© AMNH/C. Chesek


Cacti like those in Arizona’s Saguaro National Monument thrive in the desert heat, but you can experience their splendor in the Hall of North American Forests, too—and not for nothing, but we’ve got air-conditioning.

Saguaro National Monument

The Museum's dioramas let you visit Saguaro National Monument in the comfort of air conditioning.

© AMNH/D. Finnin


Want to experience the splendor of Yosemite National Park, but can’t face the cross-country flight? The coyote diorama is just a train ride away!

Coyote Diorama

Yosemite National Park serves as the backdrop for the coyote diorama. 

© AMNH/R. Mickens


There are plenty more national treasures in the Museum’s dioramas—stop by this week and see how many you can find.

And if you’re considering a real national parks road trip this summer—or any time—we can’t recommend it highly enough. In fact, many curators and Museum scientists visit parks for both research and relaxation! Find out a few of their favorites here