American Museum of Natural History, New York City

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Navigate the wonders of the natural world at American Museum of Natural History, one of the largest museums in the world. Conveniently located across from Central Park, the museum complex features 45 permanent exhibits spread throughout 27 interconnected buildings. Admire the life-size displays of African elephants as you tour the Hall of African Mammals, or head to the Hall of Fossils to see fossilized skeletons of Tyrannosaurus rex or a giant Stegosaurus. Enhance your museum experience with an IMAX movie or a show in the planetarium. To visit American Museum of Natural History and other attractions in New York City, use our New York City trip planner.
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  • Absolutely chaotic upon arrival, as others have said, little to no signage and staff nowhere to be seen to ask for help! The staff member on the ticket kiosk said “Yo give me your ticket” in a very...  more »
  • We live in the NYC and so we are lucky to be able to visit few times per year :) my daughters love this museum since they were little, we love the butterfly exhibit when available, also the...  more »
  • it's everything I though a musuem must be...and even more. Great place to go with family or friends.  more »
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  • This is a great place to take children and spend a few hours. I’d suggest a stroller, starting in the top floor and working your way down. Dinosaurs and aquatic life is a must. Dioramas are super cool. Many people don’t realize the museum entrance fee is a “suggested donation” and you can essentially “pay what you wish!” So, if you’re looking to experience NYC on a budget, this is up there on the list. The staff is super kind and helpful. The food is decent in the cafeterias. The museum itself is maintained nicely and clean. We really enjoyed our time there.
  • Absolutely amazing museum. I was in awe when I first stepped inside and saw the dinosaur skeletons. That was my favorite exhibit, but they had more than a handful of other, exciting exhibits. In fact, they had literally everything you could think of on display. Turns out, the past million years of history cover just about everything haha. The museum is huge in its scale. It has ceilings that feel hundreds of feet high, and the building itself is beautifully designed. There are pieces of history ranging from the ancient Aztecs to sea creatures, and it's all artfully packed into every nook and cranny of this building. They have a nice cafe and gift shop as well. This is a MUST come to museum if you are in NYC. It's also free! Don't get tricked into paying the suggested price :).
  • We buy a membership every year. Once a week we visit the city and especially in the winter, this is a wonderful place for my toddler to learn be amazed, engage and find a low lot spot for a nap! The staff are hands down the best in the US! The cafeteria crew know us and always say hi, and the expert volunteers are always so warm and inviting. We love this place.
  • It is time to take this adventure! Attention everyone! A treasure and masterpiece of cultural dynamics. This museum is a must see for everyone globally. I have had the opportunity to come here twice in my life, once as a youngster when I was in grammar school and the other as an adult. It was just last year. My son and I had an incredible time. I recommend the American museum of natural history to just about everyone in the world. Amazingly enough, it's breathtaking. It's educational. It's cultural. It's useful. It's mind blowing. It's good for everyone in the family. We learn about the origins of life and what existed possibly millions of years ago. It's a great time table of existence. The museum is rich in information that spans the globe. From birds to dinosaurs, from ancient civilizations to current day, from artifacts to clothing, from culture to revolution, fro m oceans to space, this museum takes you on an exploration in time of land, sea and space like we cannot even dream about. It is worth every step, dollar, thought and fascination that the human being can fathom. It takes the whole day and yes there is good food too. Go on a guided tour if you can. This is essential to a great learning process for young people. Go and enrich your life soon. Your life will be changed for sure. Visit soon! It's a beautiful day for the museum!!! Do not miss this. Try it!
  • This place is a wormhole of time. You could spend days here and still not see everything you wanted to. My advice is stick to a few things you're interested in and have a glance at the rest if you're short on time. For me I really enjoyed the dinosaur exhibits.
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