American Museum of Natural History


Complementing its traditional exhibit programming, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) hosts a variety of interactive video, film and public programming.  Venues include the 2D and 3D films at the Samuel and Ethel LeFrak Theater, Hayden Big Bang Theater, and Kaufman and Linder Theaters.  The capacity of these spaces range from 100 to over 900 seats.

Role + Responsibilities

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. Specific theater renovation projects have included:

• Hayden Big Bang Theater at the Rose Center for Earth & Space
• Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
• Kaufman and Linder Theaters
• Samuel and Ethel LeFrak IMAX Theater

For these projects, Zubatkin was responsible for managing the project budget and schedule, and providing technical input related to the overall scope and implementation strategy. The Zubatkin team worked with AMNH to develop the specific programmatic requirements, including lighting, acoustics and audio-visual equipment, required for the operation of the theater facilities. The projects required a strong understanding of working within historic buildings and structures. Construction was carefully phased to minimize impacts to the Museum’s ongoing operations.

Related Projects

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

    1,800,000 sf campus

  • Architect
  • Construction Manager
    • Lend Lease