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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
Phone Number: 212-769-5100
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:45 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Description: 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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Great Museum for children and adults alike

This is a great museum for children and adults alike. Plan on spending a few hours because there is a lot to see. My children always go straight to the dinosaur exhibit. Between... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum for children and adults alike. Plan on spending a few hours because there is a lot to see. My children always go straight to the dinosaur exhibit. Between tourists, school trips and locals this place is always crowded.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

We've been to this museum several times and it never ceases to amaze. It's a huge museum so I would recommend not trying to see all the exhibits in one day but just to plan on seeing a few and then going back another time for the rest. Give yourself at least 1/2 day for your first visit; even a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

I was traveling with my friend but we decided to part away for a day and since our arrival I was looking forward to visiting the Natural History Museum. I did not expect it to be so big. I took the package of $35 with everything incl. When I got the map i started organizing what I should do first.... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

On a trip of 10 days in New York I spend more than 2 days at this museum it is huge and covers so much of my interest. In special I liked the .......... well, everything!, I wish I had more time in New York and I would have spend more days there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Who doesn't love this iconic and educational science/history museum? I spent my 21st birthday here (voluntarily) because I love it so much! Budget at least 2 hours though--I did and only saw half!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This museum was one of the best I have ever seen. To my disappointment I found out that it was not in fact the museum that they filmed night at the museum in. However it was still a fantastic place to walk around. great time has been put into every display. hours and hours could be spent in this museum.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This is a must see for any family in NY. I took my 11-yr old son recently and we had a fantastic time. While their is a suggested admission price - it is that a suggestion. You can pay any amount your choose. I chose $20. The first thing to know about this museum is that it is too large... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Actually, a bit too much but still quite exciting to visit. Come here with small children? I would go straight to the Dinosaur exhibition :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

This museum is the best. I've been coming here since I was a kid and it always sticks out in my mind as a must to for everyone who loves to learn and be amazed. Everything from the bottom to the top is top notch. I love this place and so does the family a very kid friendly and hands... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

I have enjoyed American Museum of Natural History 2 or 3 times before but my wife had not so we spent half of a Monday there. We got there easily via the subway to 81st street stop. The museum does not turn you away if you feel you cannot pay the $22 admission, they have a "Pay what you want"... 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 theater 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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