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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 #84 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 young children, Activities for older children
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Columbus, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

spent the day in the museum and enjoyed the special shows including the planetarium, spiders and sharks. Each of these shows were outstanding, the exhibits educational entertaining and fantastic. The membership entry area was not well manned based on the size of the crowd but is forgivable.be sure to plan to spend hours in this exhibit or you will be... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We had a great time here and I was a bit surprised by how much my 3 year old enjoyed it. My seven year old liked it more than I would have guessed too. Tons of variety and lots of neat exhibits to check out. Plus you are right on the park for snacks and restaurants in the neighborhood.

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Decatur, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

We spent a lot of time in the space and planets part of the museum. We enjoyed the film Dark Universe. The human origins exhibit was also very interesting. Also spent time in the biodiversity gallery and learned a lot. Did not go to the Dinosaur section since I thought it would be crowded. We enjoyed our visit.

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Saratoga,CA
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This museum is certainly amazing. It gets very crowded in the afternoon so going at odd hours is highly recommended. This place is gigantic, so i would suggest mapping out certain exhibits to really see in depth rather than trying to see everything. The dinosaur collection is obviously a must. The section of Human Origin is also a must-see. It... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Really nice museum. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to see everything (we got there later in the day & the museum closes @ 6 on Sunday) But still we'll worth it

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This is a great opportunity to immerse yourself and kiddos to knowledge. Adults were $22 a piece for general admission and I paid $17 for student discount. Only had to show my university ID. Get there early, if you don't want to eat there, outside lots of food trucks will be waiting!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

Huge scale museum, promised more than it delivered. Most things in glass display cabinets really dated. Many of the areas were very dark indeed and made the whole experience less enjoyable. Change the lighting it will brighten the whole place literally and metaphorically. Animal displays impressive but Indian section which we looking forward to very old fashioned. Would miss off... More

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We were there with my husband and we loved it! Unfortunately, our kids weren't with us on that trip, but next time we are there, this would be one of the first museums we'll visit. Kids would love the collection of minerals! The movie that was included in a pass at their planetarium was also very interesting - about how... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Had to visit the Museum as we were already in NYC. Since it would take days to check everything out, we concentrated on the Hayden Planetarium, Mineral Exhibit and the dinosaurs. I liked the way the planetarium compared sizes of celestial objects for scale - good job! However, I would have liked to see something about current research/projects (maybe I... More

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Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Maybe we expected too much but our overall feeling was not WOW! The dinasour exhibition is quite interesting though very packed. So you get quite distracted. Definitely should see once in your life but do not expect too much.

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