Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, American Museum of Natural History
New York, New York
As part of a special report on “reopening, reinvention and resilience” in Museums, the New York Times walks through the new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals. “Everywhere in this redesigned gallery are reminders of the importance of both scale and time, and reminders that the living and the nonliving — life and rocks — may seem on the surface to be opposites but are actually deeply and profoundly connected.”
The First Americans Museum represents the first time Native Americans will be telling the Native American story on this scale without the overbearing presence of non-native curators, board members, or directors. This is the actual story of Oklahoma’s Native population–all 39 tribes who now call it home, the 31 who were relocated here from points across America and the eight either indigenous to the area or having a historical connection to it–as told by those who lived it.