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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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Ranked #83 of 859 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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Victoria, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I'm not into museums but my partner is, so I went because he wanted to ;-). I'm surprisingly glad I did. We went to the Human Origins exhibit (awesome) and to the dinosaurs. Very spacious and informative (but still incredibly crowded!). Very important to get a map as the museums hallways are a bit meandering. The ticketing is a bit... More

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New Jersey
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

The exhibits were average. Had realistic studded dummies of animals, Neanderthal, early cultures and such. good, but not exciting. More like a stuffed zoo which also had replica exhibits and scaled models from ancient civilizations. Of all the museums I've been to, this was the one I was least interested. Nicely done exhibits but just lacks the sense of history,... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

I hadn't been to the Museum for 55 years…at the age of 13…it was still quite spectacular and interesting…the exhibit of the African elephants was awesome, and it is so sad that these beautiful animals are being wiped off the face of the earth…there was also a giant blue whale in the basement covering most of the room and suspended... More

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Malvern, Worcestershire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

There is not enough time to view all as far as I'm concerned. It's my most favourite place. So many exhibits, interactive rooms, information, I especially love the dinosaurs. How amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This museum was very interesting. Definitely an all day or at least most of the day excursion. I went for about 4-5 hours and still didn't get to see everything. If you are into history you'll definitely love it. There are several interactive apps you can download online before of during your visit that provide additional information for certain exhibits.... More

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Granby, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I thought this museum was so much better than the ones down in Washington, DC. The exhibits are well done. Some of them could be updated. I really thought the museum would have taken advantage of the "Night at the Museum" movie. Surprisingly they have not. I think they missed the boat on that one. I heard quite a few... More

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Topeka, Kansas
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

First of all, the subway stop really does take you to the entrance of the museum. It was raining on the day of our visit, so staying dry was awesome! There was so much to see and do. We spent an entire day there. We ate at the cafe which had great food and terrible prices. I suppose it was... More

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Port Washington, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is one of our family's favorite places. As members, we go several times a year. The more we go, the more we realize there's so much more to see! The temporary exhibits are incredible and include interactive components. Some of our favorites were a magic book in Poison and flying like a pterosaur in Pterosaurs. If you have young... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Ok, maybe I just had huge expectation, but I found it pretty average. In a city of incredible museums, I saw more dioramas and stuffed animals than I care for. Ps- the $22 entry fee is just a suggestion and usually I would pay this to support the organisation, however the AMNH is doing pretty well for itself.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Many of the exhibits are excellent - stand-outs for us were the dinosaur skeletons (great stuff), the evolution of man section, and the various exhibits about North American Indians. The gemology section was overwhelming - so much to see! You need a full day to see it all, maybe even another half day as well. Also, if you are bothered... More

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