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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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10:00 - 17:45
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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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This is a beautiful museum that is sure to engage a kids imagination. The dinosaurs displays can awe the imagination of adults and kids as well.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful museum that is sure to engage a kids imagination. The dinosaurs displays can awe the imagination of adults and kids as well.

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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 261 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There are a lot of stuffed animals in this museum and I just don't get the point of killing something to stuff it and put it on display in a museum. However if this is your thing, go for it. There are a lot of locals who seem to enjoy it. The main displays after you enter are the stuffed... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is so much to see here you should allow a lot of time. First tip : if the line is very long at the main entrance you can enter at the side entrance through the planetarium. If the planetarium is not your thing you just walk straight through to the museum. We had explorer passes and skipped the queue... More 

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birmingham uk
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The museum was very dated and nothing special inside. We left without going round a lot of it as we were bored. It'd be good for a school/educational visit but it wasn't worth wasting time on for our trip

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great way to spend family time. Lots to see and things to do together. Not budget friendly but the overall experience was good.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I don't get it; we were looking forward to this museum, was only one we visited. It was a let down--- displays were outdated (1935?) Lighting poor throughout. Terrible acoustics throughout. Needs an over haul to the 21st century! More interactive displays badly needed. Bathrooms from 1950? And, it's supposed to be Free, with suggested ticket prices, but, you can't... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Dinosaur displays are great, fantastic for dinosaur lovers. We also liked the African Mammals display. Cafe on lower floor has ok food but pricey for what you get.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My friends and I really enjoyed our day at the museum. It is so big you could spend several days trying to see everything! My favorite was the butterfly exhibit. The folks working in there were very knowledgeable! The hardest thing to find was the coat check!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This museum is amazing and goes on forever. I think it appeals to all ages and has a grandeur about it that other museums don't have. We thought we'd spend an hour or two here but spent twice that! Even if it's not a rainy day this is a must see while in town!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

this is very big!!!!!!! like a hell of a lot of walking and gets very hot inside there is a lot to see but to be honest its just like every other museum. wouldn't go again and probably wouldn't recommend

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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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