American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Science Museum, History Museum, and Planetarium
Upper West Side, New York
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  • Ting
    TingFebruary 18
    Wonderful museum of natural sciences.Love it, apart from the screaming kids.This pay-as-u-wish museum does try to explain serious science in simple terms. Don't miss the latest dino - The Titanosaur!
    Upvoted Aug 29
  • Chee Yi O.
    Great place to spend half of even the whole day! Exhibitions cover everything about natural history. I particularly enjoyed the sections on different types of peoples, and also the dinosaurs!
  • Reem K.
    This place is highly recommended for every one u can spend like 5 hours and not finish it, just make sure your ticket includes the i max show of national parks and the show of dark universe
  • Rob A.
    Rob AbbeyFebruary 28, 2013
    Take the free guided highlights tour which meets outside the Akeley Hall of African Mammals at 15 minutes past the hour. Really worthwhile... the guides are great. Thanks so much to our guide Sue!
  • Christina C.
    Great for families and learning..so much to see, go to 4th for dinos and 1st for marine life and the big whale. Prob can't do whole museum in a day. Pay what you wish
  • Thelocaltripper
    This place is huge! Love the gem collection on the first floor and the dinosaurs! Prices are suggested so if you are low on funds don't fret you can still donate what you can!
  • Edwulf
    EdwulfJune 18, 2015
    Wondeful museum. Best advice is to start tour tour from top floor to bottom. Dinos get crowded so you will have better pictures and you will end your trip on fast food area.
    Upvoted Aug 29
  • NASA
    NASADecember 7, 2010
    The Full Moon Exhibition in the Rose Center contains more than 75 rarely seen photographic prints from NASA's Apollo missions to the moon and are done in both impressive scale and stunning quality. Read more
    Upvoted Jul 17
  • Noora
    NooraApril 27, 2014
    Incredible experience. The dinosaurs, blue whale and the elephants will take your breath away! Everyone should visit this place. End of story. Buy ticket from the machine at the hall and save time.
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEINovember 16, 2014
    You have to pay FULL admission + additions to see any special exhibition now. It used to be you can pay whatever you want plus 9$ per special exhibition. The current way is a bit mean imo
  • American Museum of Natural History
    It might be cold outside, but the weather is tropical inside The Butterfly Conservatory! Mingle with up to 500 fluttering, iridescent butterflies among tropical flowers and 80-degree temperatures.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UDecember 14, 2014
    Great educational museum. This museum is the Night at the Museum movies. And at Christmas time, they have a beautiful origami tree out. A lot of things to see beyond dinosaurs, animals and people
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela CleaverNovember 29, 2013
    This place is unbelievable!! Fun for all ages & a must see with all of the huge and amazing displays. (Also, the movie "A Night At the Museum" was filmed here.)
  • Dan S.
    Dan SohaydaMarch 20
    A New York City must see. If you're going on a Saturday afternoon either buy tickets ahead of time or use the kiosks around the perimeter of the entrance.
  • Malene H.
    Start from the top, with the dinosaurs, and work your way down. Don't miss the bottom floor, where they keep the giant blue whale and some of the most beautiful displays of forrest.
  • Abdulrahman F.
    Absolutely one day not enough to this huge museum, but we have 6 hours here😊 Do not came day after trip to The Met, take a day off between two museums but it worth it, words can't describe it👍🏻👌🏻
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comApril 25, 2012
    Scoping the dino bones and then adventurously exploring the echoing halls is a classic NYC rainy day experience. We also love how the museum's size and variety means every visit can be different. Read more
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KarranFebruary 3, 2015
    Feel like a kid again and look up at the stars, or the giant whale, or the giant T-Rex. Fall in love with all of the exhibits and go through time. Best way to enter is through the side entrance!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkNovember 23, 2011
    The museum sponsored Robert Peary’s expedition to the North Pole, and in Greenland he discovered the largest buried meteorite in the world, Cape York. Three chunks of it are on display here. Read more
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkNovember 5, 2013
    Whether you're a kid or a kid at heart this place is wondrous! Take your time & plan to take at least a couple hours! Don't skip the planetarium experience; it is tons of educational, adventurous fun!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupDecember 12, 2011
    Feel like a kid again as you’re dwarfed by the T-Rex and the Blue Whale or just surrounded magically by butterflies. It’s entertaining and educational. Use the side entrance to cut the line.
  • Nahid
    NahidJuly 9, 2014
    Love the museum. You get a choice of a movie in 3D or 2D. Great place for kids and families. Animals, culture, history, dinosaurs and minerals.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 17, 2013
    This place has it all: dinosaurs, a planetarium, taxidermy creatures from land and sea, fantastic gift shops, and a café that serves adorable planet-shaped cookies. - Green Guide Editor
  • Mariana B.
    Mariana BernasconiMay 16, 2013
    Do the highlights tour! We went with a sweet older lady guide and she was fantastic! Wish I knew her name to write the museum a praise letter! The otherwise intimidating museum become fun and exciting
  • ArtNerdNewYork
    ArtNerdNewYorkMay 6, 2012
    I always loved the idea of the time capsule. There’s one I mentioned at the 1939 World’s Fair site in Queens, not to be opened until 6939 AD. There’s the one in my parents’ back yard that I buried... Read more
  • Erin C.
    Erin ClarkeDecember 14, 2013
    The current exhibits - Dark Universe, The Power of Poison and Frogs: A Chorus of Colors are great! But give yourself about a day if you want to do them all and explore the rest of the museum.
  • Dante S.
    Dante SchulzJuly 3, 2013
    This place is great for children, especially the dinosaur exhibit. This is also a great place for adults as well. You can learn about gems, the human body, or different Native American tribes.
  • Mike C.
    Mike CamptonMarch 26, 2013
    Dedicate half a day here. Come at 10am for opening and don't leave until 5.45pm when they close. You still won't be able to see everything. Also, pay the $25.50 to see all the special exhibits.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CameronAugust 6, 2013
    The Journey to the Stars Exhibit is a wonderful and worth the extra money. My 8 and 9 year old sons loved it! The entire museum is incredible. The dinosaur exhibit was a favorite.
  • Andressa L.
    Andressa LuzSeptember 21, 2015
    Take at least half of your day to see it all! Also if you are broke, they work with donations and the 26 dollars price is just a suggestion!
  • Vuk M.
    Vuk MilanovicOctober 21, 2015
    This place is huge. Take one of the floor maps for sure. Personal favorites are the real dinosaur fossils and the special exhibitions that change. Oh and of course the planetarium.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SherlipApril 24, 2013
    One of the worlds preeminent museums, with dinosaurs, meteors, and a couple of animals actually killed by Teddy Roosevelt. The planetarium is among the best & Central Park is across the street!
  • NYC-ARTS
    NYC-ARTSJuly 2, 2012
    The Rose Center encompasses the Hayden Planetarium & exhibitions that explore the vast range of sizes in the cosmos, the 13-billion-year history of the universe, the features of planet Earth & more! Read more
  • Lloyd
    LloydMay 11, 2013
    1 of the best museums NY has to offer. Great collections of American and international artifacts/animal display. A must visit when in NY! Where 'A Night at the Museum' was filmed.
  • Carlos N.
    Carlos NettoDecember 11, 2011
    Bloomberg's iExplorer Phone app is a must have! It tells you which floor you are, how to get to a attraction. Even some tours are available. Don't enter the museum before having this app installed.
  • TheParrisFoundation
    TheParrisFoundationOctober 23, 2011
    From dinosaurs to space, they have it all. It’s best to have an idea of the exhibits you’d like to explore, prior to your visit. There’s a lot to see & nearly impossible to cover everything in 1 day.
  • Delene 하.
    Delene 하늘January 1, 2015
    One part I like most about the museum is the Solar system & Biodiversity section. The museum has variety of sections you can look through and there is iMax theater too! Don't miss it! :D
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 26, 2014
    Don’t miss the 94-foot model of a female blue whale suspended from the ceiling of the Hall of Ocean Life, the replica of the Barosaurus or the planet renderings in the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comAugust 23, 2012
    For an escape from the summer heat, any of the Smithsonian’s indoor museums or galleries make a perfect destination, with varied exhibits and on-site dining options for a quick bite. Read more
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly CarmanMarch 10, 2013
    this is my most favoritest place in NYC since i was a little kid. check out their special programs: SciCafe, Global Kitchen and any tweet ups they might have. love love love!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 28, 2013
    Last year, to add more realism to the Hall of North American Mammals, curators added actual pronghorn freeze-dried doo-doo collected by park rangers at the real-life Elkhorn Ranch in Montana.
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  • Dmitry F.
    Dmitry FridmanSeptember 28, 2015
    Great space, dinosaurs collection. Remember the suggested price. If you willing to pay full price - use automatic ticket counters. For quicker entrance - go from the Colombia avenue
  • Jared W.
    Jared WickFebruary 20, 2015
    Use the north side entrance to avoid long lines! Crowds build up around 11am. Start with the BIG items like dinosaurs and the blue whale. The Planetarium is also a must.
  • US National Archives
    While visiting the Museum, discover this nearby photo from our Documerica collection of workers beautifying the area around Central Park and 80th St. What can you do to make our planet beautiful? Read more
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.June 10
    don't miss the hall of minerals and grab a cookie from levain while on uws. easy to access from train - the wood framework inside is absolutely beautiful
  • Sophie B.
    Sophie BakalarJuly 24, 2015
    My absolute favorite museum in the city. Try to get to an after-hours party if you can: the museum is even cooler when it's empty.
  • Catherine E.
    Catherine EastmanOctober 13, 2014
    The entire museum is a must see. I was elated to have wifi, since my husband was able to have a virtual tour of the museum at the same time. It was fantastic.
  • Camilla H.
    Wanted to go here because of the movie "Night at the Museum" and I bet that's why you're going too! Start at the top floor and work your way down!! So much to see! Suggested admission, pay what u want
  • Jay G.
    Jay GeneskeJuly 27, 2010
    One of the most incredible places in NYC. Per Ron C.'s note below, you can pay what you can, but remember that museums need your support. The potential within those walls and beyond is priceless.
  • Owen H.
    Highly recommended. You could go half a dozen times and never see it all. PRO TIP: You can pay any price to enter. The admission prices they display are suggested.
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