American Museum of Natural History


American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th St.
Manhattan, NY 10024
Upper West Side


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The American Museum of Natural History is a New York icon. Packed with exhibitions representing people and animals throughout the ages, the museum also has a planetarium and an IMAX theater, as well as special visiting exhibitions and plenty of places to eat and shop. The dinosaur wing is a must-see, and if you have time, lie down under the life-size model of a blue whale in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I spend at the museum? How much time do you have? You could easily spend all day and still not see everything. Your best bet is to pick some areas of interest. You can discover what’s on exhibit at amnh.org.

Are there tours? Yes, and they're free with admission. They take place hourly from 10:15am to 3:15pm and last between 45 minutes and an hour.

Is there anywhere to eat? There are four dining areas, including the Museum Food Court, a casual, family-friendly affair; and Café on One, which offers a more formal experience.

Cut to the chase: do they have space ice cream? Yes—you can buy it in the gift shop.

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