American Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History succeeds in making natural history entertaining and interesting for all ages
Beyond the dioramas and the blue whale looming over the Hall of Ocean Life, visitors to the American Museum of Natural History can experience interactive exhibits including a life-sized interactive ecosystem that engulfs you in the sights and smells of the Dzanga-Sangha Rainforest, following the Cosmic Pathway through 13 billion years of celestial evolution or mingling with free-flying butterflies in a tropical forest conservatory. Young children will enjoy being able to touch the exhibits in the Discovery Room and Hall of Planet Earth and older children can enjoy an IMAX movie or Space Theatre in the Rose Center for Earth and Space (formerly the Hayden Planetarium).
If it's your first visit to the American Museum of Natural History, consider taking a "Highlights Tour" for an overview of the museum collections or a "Spotlight Tour" for a more in-depth experience. iPhone and iPad users can enjoy the free "American Museum of Natural History Explorer" app that serves as both a personal tour guide and in-museum navigation system; additional American Museum of Natural History exhibit apps are available from the iTunes store.
The museum offers several eateries, but a more wallet friendly method of feeding the whole family may be to enjoy a hot dog or giant pretzel from the street vendors on the museum steps.
Cost: Admission fees apply. Special exhibits, experiences and shows may attract additional costs. Packages are available. Please see website for up-to-date pricing.
Hours: Daily 10:00am - 5:45pm; Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Website: American Museum of Natural History
Address: Central Park West at West 79th Street