The Natural History Museum is a new museum that offers exhibitions, expeditions, educational workshops and public programming. Unlike traditional natural history museums, it makes a point to include and highlight the social and political forces that shape nature. These forces include those affecting the atmospheric climate on Earth, as well as the funding climate within museums of science and natural history.
The Natural History Museum had its grand opening at the Queens Museum in September–October, 2015. It was timed to coincide with the People’s Climate March, an historic march through the streets of New York City, with an anticipated hundreds of thousands of people calling for climate justice.
To celebrate the launch, a series of panels, workshops, and performances with artists, activists, scientists, anthropologists, historians, and theorists introduced the public to the historical and theoretical framework that informs The Natural History Museum’s programs. Presenters included authors Christian Parenti and Astra Taylor, scientist Michael Mann, artists Hans Haacke, Mark Dion and Liberate Tate, historians Fred Turner and Stuart Ewen, media/political theorist Jodi Dean, activists Eddie Bautista and Elizabeth Yeampierre, and others.
In tandem with the museum’s opening was the launch of The Natural History Museum’s mobile museum, a 15-passenger tour, expedition, and action bus.