The American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Hall Retail Store Design

client: American Museum of Natural History
location: New York, NY | size: 1,500 sq ft | opened: 1993


Mindy’s design of the retail store at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC harmonizes with the beloved original dinosaur galleries and their then recent renovation. The dark wood and simple, elegant detailing pays homage to the historical museum context while effectively displaying the shop’s contemporary dinosaur-themed merchandise. The apse-like space is compact and presented a design and construction challenge with all of its curves, but this turned out to be a rare and enjoyable opportunity. The design includes layers of hidden storage. This space was historically the museum director’s office and Mindy is especially proud of having preserved the original floor (which, otherwise, the museum was about to demolish).

Mindy Cameron was project architect on staff for Ralph Appelbaum Associates for this design.