Untapped Cities is excited to announce a new weekly column of vintage photos. The inaugural edition presents a slideshow of vintage photographs of the American Museum of Natural History, one of the most beloved institutions in New York City. The pictures featured in the slideshow range from 1911 to 1969. During this time period, the museum acquired many of the famous halls and exhibitions that we know and love today, including the Hall of Ocean Life (home of the giant, hanging whale) and the Hall of African Mammals.

Learn more about the history of the museum in our article about the restoration of its Theodore Roosevelt murals and go behind the scenes in the museum’s studio.