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Museum of Natural History


The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. The museum is also among the popular museums in New York City attracting nearly four million visitors each year. Located in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the four-floor American Museum of Natural History comprises of 25 interconnected buildings housing 46 permanent exhibition halls. Visitors would need at least two days to truly appreciate the exhibits at this huge museum! 

American Museum of Natural History, New York City
American Museum of Natural History by J.M. Luijt

The American Museum of Natural History has 32 million specimens in its collection but only a small percentage are exhibited at any time. The exhibition halls include the Fossil Halls, Halls of Minerals and Gems, Human Biology and Evolution, and the Hall of Meteorites. The Fossil Halls is among the museum's more popular attractions with its exhibits of mammal and dinosaur fossils housed in the entire fourth floor. Dinosaur fossils here include Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops, and Stegosaurus. Exhibits in the other halls include cultural and anthropological artifacts from Asia, South America, and Africa. 

Exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City
Exhibits at the Museum of Natural History by Anagoria

Another popular attraction at the museum is the Rose Center for Earth and Space, which includes the Hayden Planetarium and Big Bang Theater. Entrance to the Rose Center is located on the north side of the museum on 81st Street and nearby Central Park West. The planetarium describes the universe and its history including birth. Exhibits at the Rose Center include scale models of planets, stars, and the galaxies. 

Location: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192

Website: American Museum of Natural History

Tel (general info): 212-769-5100 


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