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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
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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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A great place to visit. I love the Titanosaur exhibit the best. Check out the hall of gems and the Hayden planetarium if you have the time. You can easily spend all day there.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Well, I don't have much nice to say. Everything is so poorly laid out and there is so much dead space. Most disappointing though was that we found once inside you had to pay for the good exhibits. Surely since we paid an entrance we deserved our monies worth. Visited because I loved the Night at the Museum movies. Left... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A great place to visit. I love the Titanosaur exhibit the best. Check out the hall of gems and the Hayden planetarium if you have the time. You can easily spend all day there.

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

So much to see here that it's best to focus on a few areas You learn how much there is to know about so many areas of life Can get very crowded in lobby do be prepared I love the gem snd mineral area as well as the mammal and bird areas Some areas also have limited seating if you... More 

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McDonough, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think my mixed thoughts may be that I'm just not a huge fan of natural history museums in general. I feel that I should like this place more than I do, but it may just be me. Overall I enjoy visiting just because the place is so massive and I love the building(s) itself. It's definitely a great hot... More 

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Thank Michael S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I went there with My girlfriend, but it was almost 6 pm, so the guy at the door told us that they were about to close and he let us in for free just to take a look by ourselves, next time i hope to take the whole tour properly.

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Spent hours wondering around this amazing place! so much to see and learn. a worth while trip. Its a little dark as you go in and can get very busy so try and pick a quieter time if you want to see everything.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Like all good museums this place is hard to appreciate during a single visit. This museum is huge and if you want to make the most of actually reading all of the displays then expect to be here for a long time. The exhibits are split into different world regions and just walking through each and admiring the larger displays... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I picked two places to visit in New York on a very limited time frame - the MMA and the Museum of Natural History. The Museum of Natural History is amazing - the size, complexity and quality of the built environment is wonderful, right down to the brass handrails and the travertine and concrete floors. And then there are the... More 

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Haskell, Arkansas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went 8 years ago and loved this museum. When I came back with my husband, I was so excited to show it to him. I was so disappointed. The museum has not been updated or kept clean in that time. Paint is peeling off the walls and columns, the floor is disgustingly stained in many locations, and the glass... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well you just have to visit here. We planned 2 hours stated 5 What a treat. So interesting Something for every one. Exhibits superb

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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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