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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: +1 212-769-5100
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:45
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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Amazing place!

It is a little confusing figuring were to go and start but there was a very nice lady in the main hall who gave us directions, Thank you! Plan at least 3 hours or prioritize what... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is a little confusing figuring were to go and start but there was a very nice lady in the main hall who gave us directions, Thank you! Plan at least 3 hours or prioritize what you want to see. And be prepared to walk a long distance, so wear comfortable shoes.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have to say this was a big disappointment. For starters, as a family attraction, we could not locate infant changing tables in the rest rooms. On top of that the rest rooms were dingy and disgusting. The security staff was very rude and unfriendly. Finally all of the exhibits looked like they were made in the 80's and need... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great place to spend the day! Every employee I came in contact with was awesome . Food , however , in the cafe was super expensive but there are plenty of food trucks outside the front entrance that you should take advantage of at lunch time.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had the kids along for this one. The dinosaur fossils and replicas were really amazing - not something you see every day. The cultural exhibits seemed somewhat dated in design, but there were lots of great artifacts to see. The food court was ultra-crowded, but that might be that we were there prior to the (Thanksgiving) parade balloon inflation... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very good museum with lots to see and to amaze all ages. Classic wildlife displays with great panorama features. Also features things to interest children with endangered and extinct exhibits and dinosaurs!

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Live Oak, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Earth is an amazing place and the American Museum of Natural History does a phenomenal job of displaying many of the wondrous things that make our planet to great. This is the perfect outing for a cold or rainy afternoon.

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Faro, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Doesn't matter how many days you're spending in NYC - you just MUST GO to AMNH! We were there at 10 a.m. (opening hours) and there was a line. But it dispersed in 3 minutes, so not a problem. Having a NY City Pass is a plus. It took us 4 hours to go through every room (4 floors). The... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Unfortunately we visited over Thanksgiving so the Musuem was heaving full of people. Loved the Dinosaur collection and also looking at the preserved stuffed animals. A great place for kids. However the day we visited it was very warm inside and the cafes were far too crowded - we tried several of them and eventually had to have our drinks... More 

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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum is considered one of the best and largest in the world (occupies one city block) and on the west side boundary of Central Park between 77th and 81st Streets on Columbus Avenue. Like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this museum is also very busy and highly rated. My 2 favourite exhibits were the dinosaurs and the African gallery... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped here prior to the Macy's balloon inflation and while we only had about an hour and a half to explore, we loved every minute of it. We used our Explorer Pass for entrance and had no trouble. The dinosaurs on the 4th floor are enough of a reason to visit. We had a lovely older gentleman that worked... More 

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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 theatre 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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