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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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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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American Museum of Natural History

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This Museum Never Disappoints

We usually give our kids the choice of what museum to go to and they ALWAYS pick this one. Even if it was just the dinosaur fossils and the blue whale, they wouldn't go away... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Albany, NY
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Albany, NY
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97 reviews 97 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

We usually give our kids the choice of what museum to go to and they ALWAYS pick this one. Even if it was just the dinosaur fossils and the blue whale, they wouldn't go away disappointed. If I have one piece of advice for a visitor, it would be to read the descriptions of the special exhibits closely before you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Sorry that I have to give such a great place an average rating. But, the Life at the Limits Exhibition was short on creatures and long on text. Lot's to read and a couple of good videos, but overall, an unimaginative display of the edges of life. Also, if you go to the this museum, expect to pay stadium prices... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The best museum I have ever seen. It is huge, you need about 2 days to see it full. There are great dynosaurs and much more.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The museum itself is fine, nothing spectacular. We covered a few of the main areas after getting through the absolutely packed entrance hall and found it to be quite interesting. There is plenty to see, but a lot of the relics and pieces in there were recreations and not the real deal. The one thing we could not get over... More 

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Danville, CA
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Yep, it's that museum. Even if that's the only reason you want to visit this absolute treasure of science and history, it's worth the trip. Take the subway and see the fantastic mosaics that decorate the 68th street stop. We spent 3-1/2 hours, didn't go into the planetarium or any other special exhibits, and still didn't see everything. Did a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

The museum is very well laid out. It is definitely worth the trip. Certain corporations have sponsorships that allow free entry. They have some really creative gift items in the gift shop as well.

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Newcastle, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

While there is a recommended price for the ticket ($17 for students / $22 for adults), you can decide how much you will pay. The museum is too big to see everything in one day, so look into the brochure you'll receive and decide what you want to see. Also don't forget that this is the museum where the movie... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We love museums and this one does not disappoint. We only had a few hours so probably didn't do the exhibits justice. Would thoroughly recommend a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Came with my son at his request. Dinosaurs are brilliant. Stuffed animals may not be to everyone,s taste. I am confused by labelling of admission fee as recommended

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Williams Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

You will not be disappointed with a visit to the Museum. Everything is presented and well laid out. lots of room and fantastic lighting. Nice ergonomic flow with good sound levels. Helpful abundant staff also add to the warm atmosphere.

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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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