Roosevelt memorial reopens at NYC museum

Oct. 29, 2012 at 2:08 AM
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NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial at New York's American Museum of Natural History has reopened after three years and a $40 million renovation.

Visitors started checking out the new version of the popular attraction honoring the conservationist and 26th U.S. president Saturday, the 154th anniversary of Roosevelt's birth.

"The restored Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and Hall of North American Mammals are essential destinations for all who are passionate about preserving wildlife and wild lands and celebrating America's conservation president," Ellen V. Futter, the museum's president, said in a statement.

"Since the museum's founding, our scientists have been instrumental in advancing conservation efforts on this continent and around the world, and we are proud to honor Theodore Roosevelt and his visionary leadership for the conservation movement in America."

"The leadership of [one-time New York] Governor and [U.S.] President Theodore Roosevelt in conserving America's natural resources continues to benefit New Yorkers today, allowing us and our children to enjoy our country for generations to come," said current Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial at the American Museum of Natural History has always been an iconic and popular destination for history buffs and visitors, and the completion of its restoration is great news as the state works to promote our rich history and tourism in New York. I encourage all to visit the memorial to celebrate and learn about the life and work of President Theodore Roosevelt."

"The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial is a fitting tribute to a great New Yorker and a great naturalist," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "Along with the Jill and Lewis Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, this memorial will allow museum visitors to learn more about our natural world and the importance of conservation and sustainability."

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