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American Museum of Natural History

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Address: 79th Street and Central Park West, New York City, NY 10024
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10:00 - 17:45
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:45
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Interactive, modernized exhibits and an IMAX theater help bring this...

Interactive, modernized exhibits and an IMAX theater help bring this museum, dedicated to understanding the past, into the 21st century.

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This is a fantastic museum to go with young kids. So much to see! We happen to go when all the schools in the area were on break over the holidays -that was a mistake!!! It was... read more

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Shelburne, Vermont
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a fantastic museum to go with young kids. So much to see! We happen to go when all the schools in the area were on break over the holidays -that was a mistake!!! It was way too packed. Otherwise this place is a must see when in New York

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Canon City, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is not a museum to visit for one or two hours, you won't get to see very much. Each exhibit is large and detailed so plan to spend some time there. The butterfly pavilion was nice but crowded.

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a really good museum, but visiting the day after going to the Met museum, the lack of funding is evident. Some of the rooms are quite old fashioned in their displays and quite dark (to look after the exhibits, many of which are in wooden, dated cases). The animal displays are truly stunning, the team of staff who... More 

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Panglao Island, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

From the greatest collection of dinosaurs I have ever seen to the vast collection of antiquities from all over, only the MET's armors and mummies will rival this museum.

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Park City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We love this museum and visit every time we go to NYC for Opera or Broadway theater. This last time there was a fabulous exhibit of live butterflies! Holy smokes! Adorable children everywhere holding completely still hoping the large blue glorious butterflies would land on them! Truly lovely. We also enjoyed the film Dark universe, and over the years have... More 

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Worcestershire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fill your boots with knowledge and education on a range of natural history from the animal kingdom to space. Certainly a lot to see and think about as 4 floors are filled with exhibits and artifacts to get you thinking and improve your knowledge. This is a good rainy day activity in an area away from all the hustle and... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is easily one of the best museum I have visited. There are real dinosaur fossils on display, not just reproduced cast models, real ones! The variety of exhibitions was wide and if you have watched "A night at the museum", you can have fun going around spotting the objects that have appeared in the movie. This museum is great... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Even if you have been to a bunch of museums, this one still is worth a visit for the variety and breadth of exhibits. And if you have kids, there's definitely a bunch of things to keep them excited and engaged throughout the day, from the dinosaur fossils to space exhibits and everything in between. Its hard to cover everything... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a huge museum with lots of exhibits. Unfortunately, signage and maps are virtually useless. Map shows areas but no information about how to get from one area to another - signs are confusing and unhelpful. Had to ask guards for directions many times.

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New York City, New York
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This was my first time going to the American museum of natural history. It's a lot to take in for a first timer. I strongly suggest you plan what you want to visit when walking through. I didn't realize how big it was. Wear comfortable shoes. We paid for tickets online to skip the lines for entrance. You can pay... More 

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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