|Constructed||18??, burned down 1911 and rebuilt|
The museum is huge, comprising one million square feet of space including five miles of forced-air ducts and a multi-level subbasement containing a network of unmapped tunnels, some of which were built to drain the artesian swamp that lies under the oldest museum buildings.
Locations in the Museum
- Loading Dock
- Staff Entrance
- Guard Pillbox: Usually manned by Curly
- Anthropology Department: Located in the Old Building basement, off a long corridor from the internal courtyard containing the staff entrance
- Peruvian Gold Hall
- Staff Lounge: Location of the initial NYPD briefing to the museum staff about the Museum Beast Murders
- Old Building Basement: Home to the Anthrolopology Department, where the first two Museum Beast Murders bodies (of Billy and his younger brother) are discovered by Charlie Prine
- Great Rotunda: Site of the first public museum press conference about the Museum Beast Murders
- Director's Office
- Broadway: A wide corridor connecting staff offices and labs, six city blocks long and said to be the longest hallway in New York City
- Margo's Office: A desk and a bookshelf tucked into one of the anthropology department labs containing South Seas artifacts
- Dr. Frock's Office: On the fifth floor of the South Tower, in an area of the museum described as "Edwardian" with elegant furnishings, Persian carpets, and oak doors.
- Secure Storage Area
- Bug Room
- Dinosaur Storeroom 4 - Upper Jurassic - located in the basement so that the weight of the heavy bones do not cause the floor to collapse
- 6th Floor Vaults - built directly under the museum's roof, presumably the top floor of that part of the museum. These are a series of catwalks lined with low doors providing access to hermetically sealed vaults.
- Lavinia Rickman's Office, with green walls and decorated with a variety of artifacts borrowed from the museum's collections.
- Dr. Wright's Offce: Probably on the fifth floor, oak-panelled with a pressed tin ceiling, a massive carved limestone fireplace, and a large Audubon painting of snowy egrets.
- Section 28, contains a freight elevator the size of a studio apartment
- Osteological preparation area (a.k.a. the "Bug Room"): An area of the museum where animal specimens are boiled or eaten by beetles to render clean skeletons for mounting
- Selous Memorial Hall: An area adjacent to where the Superstition Exhibition is being staged.
- Walker Gallery: Another area adjacent to the rear entrance to the Superstition Exhibition
- Hall of Insects
- Marine Hall: A two-level gallery. The two levels are connected by large twin staircases. The lower level has a granite floor and several dioramas from the 1930s and 1940s including a group of walruses and a model of a coral reef.
- Weisman Gallery: A gallery used for temporary exhibitions - part of the Superstition Exhibition was located here.
The museum is a fictionalized version of the real American Museum of Natural History, where co-author Douglas Preston worked as a staff writer. Many of the concepts of the early Preston-Child novels were taken from real museum expeditions and events, as described in Preston and Child's first collaboration, Dinosaurs in the Attic