Alexander von Humboldt

Dedicated in 1869, this bronze bust depicts German scientist, explorer, and naturalist Friedrich Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt.

During the 19th century, von Humboldt was one of the most celebrated men in Europe, studying subjects ranging from muscular irritability to the Earth’s magnetic force. His bust was donated by the Humboldt Memorial Association and originally placed at Central Park South and Fifth Avenue. It was later moved to its current location at Naturalists' Gate, across from the American Museum of Natural History. German artist Gustaf Blaeser used von Humboldt’s death mask as a reference to sculpt the bust.