Museums >American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002440.782030 -73.971706
Mon-Sun: 10:00am�5:45pm Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Central Park
not that exciting – Frank;y, its a beautiful building. However, half of it is stuffed fake animals with a fake painted background behind them with a plaque on the wall to read off of. Why not just go to the zoo where the animals are alive and more fun to look at? after all they are real. The dinosaurs are mostly fake as well. All replicas. You would think because its a fmaous museum in NYC there would be more REAL artifacts.
great place, great history lesson, bad parking – All i can say is this is a fantastic place to go hangout for a day and get lost in. Tons of exhibits, you'll wonder if it's ever going to end. This isn't stuff your going to see everyday, so it's very intersting. The only thing that's bad is the parking. It costs alot and it's really a pain to secure a spot
Great way for a family or date to spend an afternoon – This is a wonderful museum. The dioramas, the IMAX, the Planetarium (recently rebuilt) are all wonderful and entertaining. Check online or call in advance to see what the special exhibit is and to see if there are live animal exhibits on display. The butterfly vivarium is GREAT, you can walk through a room of free-flying butterflies and watch them drink from flowers/pieces of fruit while the docents explain their behavior and life cycle. You can spend an entire afternoon (many, actually) here and not get bored. They also have great events and guest lectures from the top minds in science on weekends/evenings. Check out their site for upcoming events.
One word – Indispensible. This NYC landmark is one of the best museums in the city, if not THE BEST. A wonderful place to while away the hours. The dinosaur exhibit alone is worth the price of admission. What are you waiting for? GO NOW!
Covers the evolution of our world, life in it, and its peoples – I have been to the AMNH over five times, but I just won't get tired of it. Not only does it have an amazing collection of animals and dinosaur fossils, but also insights on how our planet evolved to what it is today and some of the past and present cultures around it. The AMNH is one of the sights that must be seen at least once when visiting New York, and will please children and adults alike. Don't try to cover everything in a single visit, though--you'll exhaust yourself.
I prefer to see animals alive! – This was not very a very interesting museum for me. I could not find a bathroom anywhere! I paid extra for the gold exhibit and there was not really that much there. A bunch of nuggets. Save your money and have a look at Tiffany's.
The exhibits were fine, but I prefer to see animals that are living. I think a visit to a zoo would have been nicer.
Naturally Excellent – Its easy to be impressed with all of the special exhibitions this place has to offer, what is really difficult however, is attempting to cover the entire museum in a day. It just simply cannot be done. 8 hours may not be enough in this place. Its a beautiful museum, stocked full of artifacts ranging from the start of man from different points of the world. Its expensive, but its a wonderful place to visit for locals and tourists.
The worst museum of my entire life – Screaming children trying to smash butterflies in the butterfly conservatory and the permanent exhibits look like elementary and middle school projects. I thought I was on candid camera--it was so frustrating and everything looked so cheap and fake. The layout is utterly confusing and repeatedly you must go up a level to reach a level below. The staff are rude. The ticket cost $25 for museum entry and the butterfly conservatory, but they neglect to mention when you order online this won't get you into the dozen other special exhibits, including the planetarium--a total ripoff!!!
The best NY has to offer – The world-leading dinosaur exhibit is amazing, no matter what your age, and there are numerous other areas to be discovered that will keep you entertained for hours (the gemstones, meteorites, Rose Space center, Millstein Hall of Ocean life, etc...). Some of the exhibits are dated, but I woudn't change them - they give a glimpse of how the museum evolved over the decades and have essentially become "classic". There's plenty of "new" to see as well. While it can get a little pricey if you are buying for the day, the family membership is an absolute bargain for frequent visitors and allows you to completely avoid the ticket lines. And, contrary to some earlier comments, the cafeteria is fairly priced (this is NY folks) and has a number of options for kids and adults.
With interactive exhibits and engaging displays, this place provides a lively educational escape from cosmopolitan weariness. – The Scene
Reconceived for the new millennium, the Rose Center for Earth and Space opened to the public after six years in the making--equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities and an outstanding exhibit: the Hall of the Universe. The museum also has several spaces that are perfect for private parties.
In addition to the vast galleries of dinosaurs, whales, birds, snakes and aquatic life, the museum features the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth. Other permanent exhibits are the Fossils Halls, Biodiversity, Meteorites, Mollusks and Our World and at least a dozen others.
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