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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
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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
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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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Took my daughter there on a short weekend vacation, we did "The Night at the Museum," finder, soon we forgot but then we just walked around, took a bunch of pics, ate at the food... read more

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Frederick, United States
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11 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took my daughter there on a short weekend vacation, we did "The Night at the Museum," finder, soon we forgot but then we just walked around, took a bunch of pics, ate at the food court and then went back to our hotel! It was amazing and fun!

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The museum is large and can take up to 5 hours to finish watching all places. It's a little different in real life than in the movie.

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Baltimore, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have never been here before skip the special exhibits and concentrate on the amazing permanent collection. The Northwest Coast galleries are stunning. If you want to pay for one special exhibit choose the 3D whale film or the planetarium film. If you know the museum well the package for all the special exhibits gives great flexibility. Consider getting... More 

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
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My husband and I took our dino obsessed daughter to this museum for her 4th birthday because it is supposed to have one of the best dino collections in the country. It did not disappoint. The museum is huge and basically a labyrinth. We started off near the giant blue whale which she loved and looked at all the various... More 

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
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Well laid out and thoughtful detail about the native american nations, taxidermy of native animals I'd never heard of, as well as the famous ones everyone has seen. A great planetarium, an exhibition on tropical disease, I was in my element here. easy to get to, just on the top left hand side of Central Park, you can walk to... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the great sciecne museums of the USA. I grew up in its hallls whicha re extensive. If you are inertested in science, especailly biological and earth sciences, you dont want to miss it. The new Hayden Planetarium is spectacular.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Finally crossed this off my list. Suggest you get here early to try to avoid the crowds, buy tickets online and get the super saver admission so you can see all the special exhibits. For the small extra cost it is well worth it. You have to nominate a time to get into the special exhibits though. It is a... More 

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The exhibits all seem dated. We were definitely not expecting this. There was no wow factor. We've been to several tourist exhibits in the US and felt this was much like any local museum not the iconic venue we had hoped for.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I took my wife and 9 month old baby here and we had a blast. There is so much to see and it is actually really exciting (like incredible dinosaur exhibits). What a beautiful and incredible place. You could spend an entire day here! When we finally left, we were able to get some chili dogs right outside at a... More 

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West Point, New York
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Very large Museum with something to interest everyone. We asked for a military rate for myself and my two dependents, and little did I know it was completely free for all three of us! We stayed for about 90 minutes but I can understand how some people stay the entire day. A great stop!

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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 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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