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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  • A very interesting museum. I liked specially the combination of history and modern navigation techniques in the museum. It is important to know, that this museum is also visited by families... so it.....  more
    A very interesting museum. I liked specially the combination of history and modern navigation techniques in the museum. It is important to know, that this museum is also visited by families... so it.....  more »
  • One of the best natural history museums I’ve been to - and I’ve been to a lot since my daughter is a big dinosaur fan. The exhibits are beautiful. The shark exhibit was informative and eye... 
    One of the best natural history museums I’ve been to - and I’ve been to a lot since my daughter is a big dinosaur fan. The exhibits are beautiful. The shark exhibit was informative and eye...  more »
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  • Awesome place! It takes more than one day to explore it completely but it's really worth it. Some of the art has to be kept in low temperature so it can be kinda cold, but if you bring a light jacket or a sweater you should be fine. Besides, they have a place where you can eat your own food so they don't force you to buy there as other museums do. I definitely recommend it.
  • Overall as far as what the museum shows, it's a good place. Thought there would be American history involved but still pretty cool to check out about different cultures, animals, planets and space history and how things came to be the way they are now. However, I will say security was pretty inconsistent in particular their mask enforcement today. I understand "face coverings" are required which I had no problem doing and had a bandana on. However, the signs (and staff) need to live up to it if bandanas or anything besides a mask aren't allowed. So the issue I had was I wore a bandana as I'm from out of state. I came in line (security said nothing) and made it through 3 exhibits until a security guard (who was the same one who checked us in) yelled at me that I need to wear a mask and not a bandana or neck gator despite the sign saying face covering and not saying bandanas, neck gators, etc aren't allowed. Luckily for me I thought ahead and was able to switch as I had a mask in my pocket. But he should've said something before came in the building and the other guards I walked by until that point didn't say anything either should've. Chances are, I wasn't the first and probably not the last person to do this. So all I ask is make sure you have signage elaborating an actual mask (and not neck gator, bandana, etc) is only allowed and all of security needs say something about it and do it before people enter! Maybe re-signage and better training by security on this topic should be introduced if the team is using the same enforcement. Could've had 4 stars but the mask scenario dropped it to 3...

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