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"American Natural History Museum" American Museum of Natural History Tip by madamx

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by madamx

If you have kids, this could keep them occupied for a very long, long, time. Avoid going to this museum at all costs on Saturdays, as we found it extremely crowded. I found the museum slightly disappointing as the collection here is mostly made of dioramas, which become quite monotonous. I guess they could be very interesting to people who don't have a regular exposure to zoos or nature. If you have not seen dinosaurs before, there is an excellent exhibit. Also, there are some exhibits such as the Butterfly Conservatory, that cost extra, making the museum adding up to being a fairly expensive outing if you want to see everything.

Again, as in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, if you don't have time to spend all day, just pick 2 or 3 galleries that interest you.

The Rose Center for Earth and Science is a worthwhile visit, and is attached to the museum. It's housed in a gigantic sphere, and don't miss the Cosmic Pathway, a 350 ft. spiralling ramp showcasing rock samples while explaining 13 billion years of evolution.

Address: Central Park West at 77th to 81st Aves
Directions: Between W. 77th St. & W. 81st St.
Phone: (212) 769-5100

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  • Updated Aug 15, 2006
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