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American Museum of Natural History

79th Street and Central Park West, New York City, NY 10024 (Manhattan)
212-769-5100
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As featured in 3 days in New York City
Ranked #68 of 830 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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 older children, Activities for young children
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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Even if you don't want to spend a whole morning or afternoon in the museum, its still worth a visit for just a couple of hours. We enjoyed looking at the animals in glass cases, the minerals and the dinosaurs

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London, UK
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14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

It's a very interesting museum but it pales in comparison to the same one in London. The displays are varied and informative but lack the interactive part which provide the biggest fun for younger visitors. On a busy day it's recommended to use the side entrance from 81str, takes you straight to planetarium part but has an access to the... More

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building and a great location but not very impressed with the exhibits. London's Natural History Museum is far more impressive,

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Dorking, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Great building - doesn't seem widely advertised. Native American displays were informative but very dull to experience really needs more creativity and interaction to make the experience more memorable.

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

It's amazing to see all the different spices they have but it was like a maze in there and it got quite crowded in certain areas!

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Lincolnshire
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Wow it's fantastic. We could not do it all in a day so had to spend a second day there. Don't expect it to look like the Night at The Museum Film there is a Dum Dum head but it's one that has been placed for photographs because of the film. There is a lot of taxidermy which I was... More

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Shelby, Michigan
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We spent the afternoon at the museum and certainly needed more time to see some of the special exhibits. It was easy to convince my 11 year old to go especially when I said it was where the first 'Night at the Museum' was filmed. Only problem after that was she wanted to see things she remembered from the movie.... More

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This is one of the best museums I've been to. There is just so much to look at. The exhibits were all put together very well and are very well maintained. There are lots of helpful staff / volunteers that help with directions and explanations when necessary. We spent almost 3 hours in the museum, could have spent more. Fantastic!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Way too crowded, this being Spring break for students. The attendants at the desk tried to be helpful, but I felt that I should have bought the tickets myself online. I ended up with the IMAX show not on 3D (It was so good that I wished I had watched it on 3D) and not having a scheduled time for... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This Museum is one I always loved to go as a child. I have been back a few times recentl. They have upodated many exhibits, but the glass enclosed wildlife ones seem the seme. (as wonderful as ever). Always worth a visit.

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