American Museum of Natural History


The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions that aims to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe. Founded in 1869, the Landmarked campus includes a combination of twenty-five historic and modern buildings on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Over the last twenty-five years, Zubatkin has had the privilege of partnering with the Museum on its major capital projects and other master planning initiatives. Zubatkin’s work has involved a diverse series of new construction and renovation projects–all while maintaining operations within the facility and navigating a complex municipal approvals process. Many of the capital projects have required the coordination of funding from multiple sources, including support from New York City and State.

Role + Responsibilities

Zubatkin has provided a comprehensive set of owner’s representation services to AMNH, serving as an extension of the Museum’s in-house staff and resources. Individual projects have ranged from interior and exterior landmark restorations, permanent and temporary exhibit installations, collections storage, theaters, laboratories, libraries, retail, educational spaces, food service, exterior terraces, administrative offices, parking facilities, infrastructure, and energy conservation planning initiatives.

Most recently, AMNH has engaged Zubatkin to serve as their owner’s representative for the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education and Innovation. Estimated to include 218,000 square feet of new and existing space, the project will extend the Museum’s role as a center for scientific research and education.

Related Projects

  • Client American Museum of Natural History
  • Location New York, NY
  • Size

    1,800,000 sf

  • Architect
    • Varies by Individual Project
  • Construction Manager
    • Varies by Individual Project

Commissioning optimizes building efficiencies

Chilled water conversion and cooling tower implementation reduces energy use

No VOC materials used

Low Flow Fixtures conserve water usage

Existing materials re-use conserve natural resources

FSC certified millwork

Lighting upgrades reduce energy use

PlaNYC Funding