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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 visit to this museum as well as the Hayden Planetarium which is included is a must see in NYC! Don't miss the Dinosaurs, Butterflies, IMax movie, Space Show, Big Bank Theater... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A visit to this museum as well as the Hayden Planetarium which is included is a must see in NYC! Don't miss the Dinosaurs, Butterflies, IMax movie, Space Show, Big Bank Theater and on and on!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Every child and every adult young at heart should go to this Museum. Afterwards, take a walk in Central Park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We spent an entire day going through the exhibits. Could have gone back the next day. Get there early.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It the type of visit where you shouldn't have to repeat again because you'll pay double for the same exhibits. Although there are occasional new exhibits, they not as exciting as I thought it would be. I thought the one about the Dinosaurs Among Us would be spectacular but it fell short of my expectations. I paid extra for that.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The kids loved it. They got to see the Easter Island heads 'Dumb Dumb' and so many other items from the movie it really brought it home for them (even Central Park Rangers across from the Museum). The interactive app's GPS was handy trying to get to exhibits we wanted to see quickly (we had ended up at an elevator... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Don't get me wrong, if you have kids, you should definitely go here instead of The Met (located on the other side of the park), but be prepared for LOTS of people (2/3 of which are kids) and one of the most poorly laid out museums ever. Be prepared to do a loop of an exhibit only to have to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It's a must see for adults and children of all ages. Come early and plan on taking at least a half a day of your trip. Plan on leaving before the exit rush. Say out by 5-515pm. This place is amazing and inspirational from the time you enter till the moment you leave.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum is so large and diverse that you can easily spend two days in it and still not see everything. Make sure you take a ticket +1, which allows you to go into one of the temporary exhibitions as well. They are worth it. For the kids it is entertaining and of course you have plenty of references to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's like 2 or 3 Smithsonian Institution Museums crammed into one. It's well worth the visit. We spent 3 hours there and barely made a dent. Well worth the price and the visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the only museum we saw in New York and I have no regrets about that. Wait in line to purchase tickets because it's donation based and you can pay any price you want. We made the mistake of using a kiosk because it's faster, but you have to pay like $30 a ticket there. Also, buy tickets with... More 

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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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