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Tour of the AMNH's UNIVERSE exhibit at the Hall of the Universe

  • American Museum of Natural History Central Park West and 79th Street New York, NY 10024 USA (map)

This Hall presents the discoveries of modern astrophysics. Divided into four zones, it covers the formation, evolution, and properties of stars, planets, galaxies, and the universe.


The Universe Zone explores the expansion of the universe and the limits of human observation. 

The Galaxies Zone celebrates the beauty, diversity, and violent history of galaxies. 

The Stars Zone traces the life and death of stars, and links the stars to the elements created by them, including the chemical building blocks of human bodies. 

The Planets Zone focuses on the variety of planets and their structure, in addition to examining major collisions that have occurred on Earth.


Science is not in the business of making truth-claims but rather observe, measure and propose theories to explain what we know and predict what we do not. What cannot be measured and tested is beyond the competence of the scientific enterprise. This includes the origin of the universe.

Religion draws from the wisdom of and insights of the human experience handed down as testimonial witnesses in sacred texts.

As such, theology and science make important partners in the quest for understanding our existence in this universe.

The first article of the Nicene Creedbegins with the words "I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible" reflecting Genesis 1:1 "In the Beginning ..."

In this one hour tour, we shall consider the convergence between theology and with cosmogony. Can one believe in a creator God and also the inferences of astronomical observations?