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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 #79 of 853 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 older children, Activities for young children
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

Not a great fan of museums but this is a whole lot of fun. Great for family, kids, and couples. Would probably go again as it's a nice way to chill and see cool stuff.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This place is much bigger than I expected. Amazing exhibits. Easy to get to from Times Square taking the subway. Plan to be there for at least 4 hours. The café was ok, Panini's and such, but very expensive. Well put together museum, I am not a huge museum person, but really enjoyed this.

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Adelaide, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I think when I went I was unlucky and there were lots of school groups visiting that day, which made the overall experience quite exhausting. I'm sure it's busy all the time though. I used the NYC pass to get in which made it a little cheaper and a slightly shorter line. The butterfly room was incredibly beautiful

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Loved the whole thing, but budget a whole day to do all the exhibits justice. Also it's worth doing one of their shows, the 3D theatre experience and picture is one of the best I have ever seen.

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Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

My dad and I especially enjoyed the animal and gemstone exhibits. They also have the third largest meteorite on display in the world, weighing in at 34,000 tons! We spent two days here to see everything and it is well worth the time and money! The IMAX film was very neat and I highly recommend adding this to your ticket... More

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This museum in our view is average. Do not visit in the afternoon if you have already had a busy morning, this may have been our mistake. The museum is huge and has four floors. There are Dinosaurs, African mammals, Gems, Minerals, meteorites, American birds and much more. The place is a bit unclean in places with dirty carpets, especially... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This museum, made even more famous by the movie "night at the museum", is simply one of the best in the world. The famous Blue Whale model and the T Rex capture the headlines but there is so much more to see that you should devote at least one full day to see it.

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New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I loved the museum. Very well maintained and too much to see. There is vast variety which you wouldn't have imagined. The dinosaur description, mammals displayed with background as if seem to be real, 3D shark show is worth it. I just had a few queries / suggestions though. They should have good and better display for directions. There are... More

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Dix Hills,New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

took my niece and nephew into the city and decided to go to the museum..what a great choice..Mondays seem to be the least crowded..we were able to enjoy each and every floor. we also took in the "Dark Universe" at the planetarium..which is easily accessible. word of caution..although online they claim if you wish to make a "contribution" other than... More

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St. John's, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We visited the museum on a Monday and made sure we were there for when the doors open. So did a lot of other people. The place was very crowded from the start but to avoid the crowds we went up to the top floor and worked our way down. The strategy worked perfectly as most people seemed to work... More

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