Just inside the 77th Street entrance, the Grand Gallery is a familiar gathering place for visitors, whose “Meet me at the canoe!” refers to the Museum icon at its center: the 63-foot-long Great Canoe, which hangs suspended from the ceiling, providing a dynamic focal point to this hall.

The gallery is home to a variety of specimens on extended display: a colorful ancient ammonite, a spectacular stibnite, a rare slab of jadeite jade, and a case of ancient trilobite fossils.

The Grand Gallery is also a gateway to the Museum’s Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, the Northwest Coast Hall, and to Café on One.