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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
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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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I LOVE THIS PLACE IN SPITE OF THE DUST

I have been visiting the Museum of Natural History for sixty years and much of it remains unchanged -- thank God!. The stuffed animals shot by Teddy Roosevelt and the dioramas... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Titusville, Pennsylvania
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Titusville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I have been visiting the Museum of Natural History for sixty years and much of it remains unchanged -- thank God!. The stuffed animals shot by Teddy Roosevelt and the dioramas that come to life in the movie THE NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM look a wee bit dusty if you look too closely, but I love them still. . .and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit, you could spend an entire day there, bring comfortable shoes and a pen to mark off each room you have visited !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Our grandson is into elephants, his eyes lit up on seeing the Asian elephant display. He went from display to display in wonderment, ok he's only 18months old but at this age he has only had stories and seen them on the tv, but to see these animals all presented was great. The venue has taken great pains to ensure... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Wow. Just Wow. Very realistic displays and heaps to see... Strolling the 4 floors and different rooms becomes very disorientating and it is easy to get lost. Lots of cafes and gift shops scattered throughout the museum, with a cafeteria on the lower level "LL", but is quiet costly to purchase food from.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This is a great half day activity if you find yourself in NYC on a rainy day. The animal exhibits are absolutely wonderful for all ages. The kids will especially love the dinosaur exhibit. You can hurry through the displays you are not interested in or just take a nice leaisure pace through the whole museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Everything from dinosaurs to the tiniest mites can be viewed here. The displays of animals in their own environment are amazing, with beautifully painted panoramic backdrops. It's all easy to understand and suitable for all ages. There's also a brightly-lit cafe on the ground floor, with rainbow-coloured lights which reflect the sunshine around the room. The staff are all helpful,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Very busy here, especially on weekends, only decided to do three floors which still took us three hours, quite impressive and vast in the array of displays, some of which look so real set in their natural habitat. Plenty of toilets and staff always friendly. Some unique treasures here, you could spent hours if you were reading everything! New York... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

If you have a budding scientist in your family or, if you have kids who love dinosaurs, make sure to set aside a day to visit the American Museum of Natural History. Your kids will be amazed by the T Rex displayed in stalking mode (and these are the actual bones, not the mere casts that you would see in... More 

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Collingwood, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Having seen the movie a night at the museum I had to visit. The museum is steeped in history and will take you hours to see, longer if you really want to dive in. Amazing collections and a ton of fun. You might just learn something too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

had pre-purchased ticket, easy. staff very helpful with all questions. with most of the tourists, did not assign enough time to complete what I would have enjoyed more. overwhelming. pick the top 5 displays. change the plan accordingly. a must visit.

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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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