The Roosevelt Monument at the entrance to the Museum of Natural History was dismantled in New York City

The Roosevelt Monument at the entrance to the Museum of Natural History was dismantled in New York City

The authorities of New York dismantled the monument to the 26th U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919, was in office from 1901 to 1909), which for more than 80 years was located in front of the American Museum of Natural History.

Work on the dismantling of the bronze statue began on Tuesday and was completed on Thursday night. A museum spokesman stressed that the removal cost about $2 million. The statue’s removal was done “in coordination with historic preservationists and coordinated with multiple city departments.”

The decision to remove the statue was made in June 2020. Museum officials approached the city with a proposal, which was approved. The monument will remain in conservation for some time, after which it will be displayed at the Roosevelt Presidential Library, which is scheduled to open in Medora, North Dakota, in 2026.

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