American Museum of Natural History, New York City

4.3
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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  • The museum was well-done, interesting and convenient. We walked there through Central Park and killed a couple hours wandering the exhibits. Even a group of 20-30 y.o. women enjoy a good dinosaur exhi...  more »
  • I would not recommend to visit this museum if you are on a tight schedule, however if you have spare time it is a great place to spend it. Maybe because I did visit Natural History Museum of London fi...  more »
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  • Overall, we really enjoyed the museum. We were disappointed that so many of the older display cases were not lit; they were black and impossible to see. Would it be so difficult to replace the light bulbs? We didn't pay for any of the extra exhibits, we were kept busy with everything that was included in the admission price. We chose to pay the actual admission price, even though the person at the ticket counter explained that we could pay what we wanted to. Perhaps if more people paid the full price, they could afford to keep the cases lighted! The Fossil Halls were much newer looking than the older sections, with lots of great information about the displays. Like most tourist attractions, the food was expensive and not very good. We had turkey sandwiches on rolls that at first glance looked like they'd be good, but the rolls were hard and the turkey was dry. Despite the draw-backs, we are very glad we devoted time to the museum during our trip to New York.
  • Simply: One of the best museums of natural history in the world. Plan at least one day for your visit, to see the whole exhibition. Plan even more time, when you like to see the movies in the theaters and the special exhibitions. Top and amazing is the Dinosaurs Exhibition. It's always very crowded. Take a museum map for orientation. Have a break: There is a food concourse on the lower level and a lunch zone for schools. Or go to "Cafe on 4".

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