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American Museum of Natural History

79th Street and Central Park West, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
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As featured in 3 days in New York City
Ranked #79 of 851 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Natural History Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
Activities: Shopping
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: Interactive, modernized exhibits and an IMAX theater help bring this museum, dedicated to understanding the past, into the 21st century.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Saint Augustine, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This place is bigger then it looks. I would recommend having the free tour to get oriented. We signed up for several shows that we needed to be at certain times but we kept getting lost. Sadly we missed a lot of the museum as we were trying to get to these set time exhibits. Don't eat at the cafeteria.... More

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Panama City Beach, Florida
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Spent the day in Central Park and made a point of going to the museum. I was overwhelmed with how much there was to see and unfortunately didn't plan my day well enough to stay longer. Next time, I'll go earlier and spend the day!

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Personally, I've never seen reconstructed dinosaur skeletons. This place was amazing with the number of reconstructions and the information was understandable too. I ran out of time but you could definitely spend the whole afternoon in there. If you've done all the major touristy stuff, this place is great for a few pics and can help pass some time.

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Kensington, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

One thing we love about this museum is how they have set up every exhibit in a way that makes even some of the most difficult concepts relatable, even for kids. Amazing collections and very knowledgeable and approachable staff.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I can't even wrap my mind around the fact that "poor" and "terrible" reviews exist for this museum unless someone picked a day when the place was totally packed. We almost skipped this attraction on our first trip to NYC and I'm so happy we didn't! The floor with the dinosaur exhibits alone is worth the trip. Loved it and... More

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews 85 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

My family (including five Tweens and teens) recently visited the museum and we had a great time. We loved all of the main exhibits and the boys in particular liked the special exhibits like the IMAX, the planetarium and a feature on poison. I would highly recommend that any family research all that is available before purchasing tickets, because some... More

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Erps-Kwerps, Belgium
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

When you enter this museum at the main entrance, where Teddy Roosevelt is welcoming you, you immediately recognize the movie "Night at the museum" with Ben Stiller. You can find a lot of the creatures that are alive in this movie, and you can make a selfie with them! The informations the museum gives are sometimes very strange. For instance... More

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Cheyenne, WY
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing museum. The dinosaur exhibit is a good place to start. Plan on a whole day for this place as a couple of hours or half a day is not enough. There is a lot to learn for children and adults alike. The only negative for me is that the museum is chaotic with kids everywhere. But,... More

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Ventura, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The Teddy Roosevelt tributes are impressive, and the displays, planetarium, and other features are great, but the most remarkable element was unintentionally shocking. The section of the museum focusing on African tribes presents a fawning, mawkish portrayal. “Cliterectomy” is presented as a sign of female strength. “Raiding parties” are seen as peaceful alternatives to war. The cannibalism and familial attacks... More

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High Point, North Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
30 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

huge and tiring for kids. noise overwhelming at times. gems and meteorites rooms great- 6 ton meteorite that hit greenland awesome. planetarium dark matter show pretty good- will spark kids imaginations, but glosses over hard concepts without teaching. dinosaur bones in fourth floor you should not miss. it is a lot of looking at motionless displays behind glass, so kids... More

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