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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 #73 of 831 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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Toongabbie, Australia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I absolutely loved the dinosaurs and prehistoric mammals exhibitions. The range of skeletons on display is incredible, and artfully done. However, its the analysis and explanation of the exhibits that made it so interesting - too often dinosaurs are aimed at kids and the information is really juvenile, whereas here there was quite in-depth information about the different classification systems... More

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The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

In spite of having purchased the NY city pass, we are in line to exchange it for a real ticket. Shame for an institution like this! When will the electronic era start at this museum???

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Santa Cruz, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I l-o-v-e this museum. I was fortunate enough to be able to go on my own while on a short business trip. Although I enjoyed moving at my own pace, I couldn't help but wish my son were there to see it all. I look forward to returning with my family. Great prehistoric animal exhibits-- totally fascinating.

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Franklin, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

If you have not been to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, DC then this is worth the trip!

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Loved the dinosaurs. We could have spent an entire day there. Whilst in the area make sure you pop into Levains Bakery for the best cookie you will ever eat!

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Kassel, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Although there was al ing line at the entrance the waiting time was okay. I loved the exhibitions of the dinosaurs and the space. the other parts where a bit old fashioned, still nice but not the priority for only staying one day. To see everything you probably need two days.

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I am a fan of ancient history and was terribly disappointed in the NY museum. The size alone would make think that they had a ton of exhibits, but this is sadly not the case. nothing about mummies or ancient Egypt, very few dinosaur exhibits. Thank goodness they have a butterfly conservatory for that is their only saving grace in... More

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Waterloo, Belgium
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

The museum entrance was difficult to find, the overall organization of the museum is not very well explained, difficult to find your way from one exhibition to the other and no much staff to help you and direct you. The Dinosaurs, the american mammals, the indian exhibits were nice. On the internet site, they had a "night at the museum"... More

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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48 reviews 48 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

My impression was that this is just an OK museum with a rather thin collection of specimens. This is admittedly colored by our having been there on a rainy day when the museum was extremely crowded, but it was definitely a disappointment for me. It seems to be geared mostly toward kids and families, which might explain the lack of... More

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Really amazing place. The exhibits are really good. You require at least a full day. You need to visit multiple times to get the full grasp of the museum...

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