On the west side of Central Park almost opposite the Art Museum is the largest natural history museum in the world. Its collections of prehistoric animals, of Indian handiwork, of minerals and gems, and various other interesting exhibits are valued at $12,000,000. The fees of its 3700 members and an income from a $13,000,000 endowment are used to finance scientific expeditions.
The Metropolitan Art Museum is located on Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street. The building was erected and is maintained by the City. The collections are the largest in the country, embracing Egyptian, Greek, Roman, European, Oriental, Near Eastern and American art.