American Museum of Natural History

79 Street And Central Park West, New York, New York  10024
(212) 769-5100
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HOURS: Daily, 10am - 5:45pm

NEIGHBORHOOD: Upper West Side, Manhattan

CATEGORIES: history, science

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The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869 to help people discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. Kids and adults alike can learn all about what makes our world tick through interactive and exhilarating exhibits. From weighing yourself on Mars to seeing the world’s rarest gemstone to standing next to fossils of extinct dinosaurs, this museum will keep you busy all day long.


by Adam Schwartz

No where in New York makes you feel more like a kid than the Museum of Natural History and I mean that in the best way.

by Jessica Dailey

The Natural History Museum puts on a lot of really awesome special exhibitions, like the butterfly conservatory, but the animal dioramas always end up being my favorite. Even the subway stop for the museum is cool — they have mosaics of different creatures throughout the whole station.

by Lori Zimmer

This museum is great for kids, but as an adult, it was great to get all nostalgic and walk around the 1970s-ish dioramas, but I don’t really feel the need to go back. Unless there is a specific special exhibition. They do, however, have special parties in the museum with DJs which I am dying to check out!

by blakeenglish

Such a fun place to go on a rainy afternoon. I feel like a kid again whenever I venture into their larger-than-life exhibits. I’m a little partial to the IMAX theatre and the planetarium.

by Alex Cerda

One of my favorite Museums, there is something for everyone. If you have children don’t leave without visiting the “Discovery Center “. It is always a popular spot so you have to pick up a ticket for the different 45min sessions that run all day. Here children get a chance to explore and partake of many hands on activities. My daughter is five and she loves it.

by TheGalleryGoddess

I brought my 11-month old GrandAwesome and his parents to the museum with my fiance and I last weekend. We enjoyed the frog exhibition. It was very well laid out and I appreciate how much room was alotted between viewing tanks.
The exhibits are beautifully lit, and the entire staff was very friendly.
Bravo!! We had a great time and cannot wait to return.

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