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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 #85 of 858 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 older children, Activities for young children
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Long Island, NY
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69 reviews 69 reviews
34 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Most things positive have been written about the Museum of Natural History. In my humble opinion it’s New York’s best museum and, in fact, one of the best in the world! I first went there with my late dad many, many decades ago. It was a wonder then, it was a wonder when I took my children there and it’s... More

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Belo Horizonte, MG
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8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

If you are travelling with kids, this is the best place you can take them. Every time I come to NY I find some time to go to the Natural History Museum. Its permanent exhibitions are visually impressive and the museum is ravisinh, with its grandiosity and big scale stuffed animals - not to mention a gigantic whale in the... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This museum is HUGE and can take the entire day if one goes through all the exhibits across all floors. By the time we reached the top floor with the Dinosaur exhibits, we were totally exhausted and there was a huge crowd - the Dinosaurs seemed to be the most popular residents of the museum! You can take breaks in... More

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United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

My two children and I absolutely adore it there. It was beautiful to listen to my children as they told me all the knew about an animal. Or see how the found certain habitats vaguely familiar to something else they remember. I read the information and gave them bits more information... and then we were off to the next thing.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

I read plenty of reviews before I went and feel that it truly helped maximize the experience (for the amount of time we had) we brought 7 kids, ages 3-12 - mostly boys. I bought the super saver ticket to include all exhibits which was totally worth it. We started at the dinosaur floor (4th) which was a hit! Kids... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This is a huge collection, in fact too big for us to get through! Well looked after and impressive facilities, which put the sometimes ramshackle parts of London's main museums to shame. The place was just too big really, we were completely shattered by the time we got to the top and the dinosaur exhibits. Thoroughly enjoyed it though.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Great museum but keep expectations realistic about "Night at the Museum" movie exhibits. Layout of the museum is not like the movie and many of the main exhibits from the movie are not even there. Our kids were a little disappointed but not the fault of museum itself. If you want to see what exhibits from the movie I are... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Absolutely recommend spending a full day at the Museum of Natural History in New York. So much to explore, but i suggest you start by joining one of the free tours that run every hour. Our tour host was just a fountain of knowledge (Mary) and the kids were captivated.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I don't think we realized exactly how much there was to see in this museum. You could easily spend 4 hours here. Unfortunately, my husband and I along with the other couple we were with are not avid museum goers, and found it to be a little boring (sorry!). The best part to us was definitely the dinosaurs, they are... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

You could easily spend a whole day just at this museum; we went around the bits that really interested us (about half the exhibits) and that took a good 3-4 hours in itself. The updated exhibits, like the Oceans section, were especially good. We also went to the planetarium to see the Dark Universe show, which was great! I'd never... More

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