American Museum of Natural History Expands Its Reach with New Web Site

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The American Museum of Natural History has announced the launch of its new site on the World Wide Web (http://www.amnh.org). The museum's Web site is part of its ongoing effort to expand its educational reach and to bring its vast resources to the widest possible public. The site contains a wide range of material, from general information on the museum and its programs to detailed information on exhibitions, scientific research, and educational programming.

"The World Wide Web is a powerful tool, enabling us to share our scientific and educational resources with people all over the world," said Ellen V. Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History. "We have tried to create a stimulating, interactive, and content-rich site as part of the museum's growing effort to extend our educational reach beyond our walls. We seek both to engage individuals who are unable to visit the museum and to sustain our dialogue with the millions who come here every year. In this way, we can make the learning, exhibitions, and collections of this great institution available to the widest possible audience."

The museum's home page includes a brief introduction to its eight scientific departments. From there, visitors can move to any area, according to their individual interests. Those who choose to go to "Exhibitions" will find themselves at the core of the site. At launch, this area included interactive tours of the museum's new fossil halls and of two current exhibitions: Amber: Window to the Past, and Expedition: Treasures, a self-guided tour through 50 of the greatest treasures in the museum's vast permanent collections. As with the rest of the site, visitors may create their own pathways through the highlighted exhibitions.

The expedition section currently includes eight suggested thematic expeditions. …