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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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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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Loved the exhibits - must see when visiting NYC!

Really enjoyed our Sunday visit to the museum and found the exhibits excellent. Really was taken with the Whale and Dinosaur exhibits. Also Indian exhibits were good. There's so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Ulster
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Really enjoyed our Sunday visit to the museum and found the exhibits excellent. Really was taken with the Whale and Dinosaur exhibits. Also Indian exhibits were good. There's so much to see you could visit again and view exhibits you probably walked past - there's so much to see. I found the cafe very expensive so would recommend you eat... More 

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You have to queue then when you get to pay . They tell you that technically it's free but you give a donation . The ticket prices are as a guide only . I found that a bit uncomfortable ( may be its a British thing ) . That aside the exhibits were interesting , we especially enjoyed the space... More 

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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We spend 6 hours in there with my 4 & 3 year old boys. They had the time of their lives. Esp my dinosaur obsessed son who has been going on about going to see rexxy since he watch night at the museum. He's dreams all came true when he finally did. It was a beautiful moment for us all... More 

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Michigan
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95 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This museum has many great exhibits and lots of special shows and presentations. You kind of have to pick and choose what you want to see because it is too big to cover it all in one day. I enjoyed the planetarium show, Dark Skies, narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I also went to the butterfly exhibit which is a... More 

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New York
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76 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is huge and its collections are just amazing! You will not be able to see all of it in one go - so I recommend preparing your visit beforehand and deciding what sections interest you most. My favorite sections are the anthropological ones.

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Sallins
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is simply a fascinating museum. I have wanted to visit for years and was delighted to finally get the opportunity. Really you could spend weeks going back every day to discover more. One day is not enough and the kid got a little restless after about 5 hours of it but it really is another must see.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of "jewels" on the crown when it comes to New York City museums. First you will NOT be able to see the whole museum in one day. My advice (especially with young children) is to plan what sections you'll like to view and see those. Dinosaurs, blue whale, large bugs... a wonderful place to see and learn. Check website... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is a bit an old fashion museum, but with a romantic view of presenting the exhibits. Educationaly it is very intresting and nice to visit, most of all for young children. For adolescents the presentation is more naif and boring.

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East Gosford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited this place with my nephew and his family. They have membership and as I only had a few ours they showed me a quick sample of about a third. It was great and my 10yr old great nephew just loved so much of it and talked constantly about some of the exhibits.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The new display of the enormous Titanosaur is unique beyond awesome and the rest of the museum is world-class. It's expensive to see the special exhibitions but, if you stand in line, you can pay whatever you can afford for a ticket to everything else.

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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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