Natural History Museum
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The American Museum located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City is one of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world. The museum is famous for its largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world. Being one of the most famous place and a great historic spot in New York, the place is well connected with the local transport. Local cabs are available from anywhere in the city to reach this place. Alternatively, metro rails are available to reach this place. Permanent exhibits are homes to some of the museum's finest gems and birds and bones and beyond.
The museum has the Hall of Biodiversity, a visual representation of the scope of life on Earth and why it needs to be protected. Take in an IMAX film or have a meal at the food court. And don't forget to take a stroll through the Hall of Ocean Life and see the big whale. Visit the American Museum of Natural History in New York, voted Number One Family Attraction, Wonder at one of the world's greatest scientific and cultural institutions, Immerse yourself in over 46 permanent exhibits, Check out the giant glass cube of the Rose Center of Earth and Space containing the colossal Hayden Sphere, See the iconic T. Rex skeleton and Easter Island head that inspired characters in the film Night at the Museum, Upgrade to the Super Saver ticket and enjoy all special exhibitions, IMAX films, and the Hayden Planetarium! American Museum Of Natural History is one of the tourist attractions in 3 day New York City Itinerary and 14 days in New York Itinerary. You must visit this amazing attraction in NYC.
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I'm sure that the museum is as spectacular as everyone says it is. Sadly I can't confirm this as by the time we'd got through all the lines we'd just about had enough. The line for tickets was huge, so we purchased on line tickets, only to be told we'd purchased vouchers and not tickets and so had to go back to the ticket line. Because we had vouchers and not cash, it was a complicated process to get the tickets... and then we had to join another line to have the tickets scanned. When we got towards the front of the scan queue, they changed their minds and we were let in just on a quick visual of the tickets. The exhibits I did see were pretty amazing especially the human origins section. The rest passed in a blur of sore feet and tiredness. Our small group consisted of people from Florida, Maryland, Ohio, New Jersey, New York and myself from the UK and our experience could have been so much better. We were left with the impression that visitors were an unavoidable inconvenience to staff who were there to look after the museum.
I can't say too many good things about this place so I'll just say that it is absolutely fantastic. I've been here countless times both with and without my daughters and I've still only seen a small offering of what the museum has. While it's usually dinosaurs, space, and the large blue whale for my kids, the variety of anthropological exhibits is astounding and the special exhibits are done with great care (I'm talking about you, Cuba). If you do have kids, make sure to stop by the discovery center on floor 1. I just found the little nook the other day and it's a place that I could spend an entire day with my kids. Highly recommended, but just realize that there is no way you'll absorb everything in a day.
I'm glad I went but I didn't enjoy this museum as much as other ones I've been to. The entry-room was PACKED at noon on Saturday and there were lines everywhere. There was very little signage directing which line you should be in, so we randomly picked a line to wait 20 min in. I'm not a huge fan of the "suggested entry price" model of business as they almost make you feel guilty if you want to be cheap. Also, you have to pay extra to see the "special exhibits". This museum has aged poorly I think. The exhibits often have small placards with tiny text, so only people up close can read the information. Perhaps this would suffice for a less crowded museum, but for one of the most popular attractions in NYC you'd think they could increase the font size so more than 3 people can read at a time. This was also an issue with several small "theater rooms", where there is literally 2 benches in front of a screen. This museum has thousands of visitors and there are only 2 benches for people to sit and watch the exhibit screen? Really? We encountered several "choke point" intersections, where mass amounts of people were trying to cross a hallway or make it through a door and you had to push people to get where you wanted to go.
Most natural history museums have pretty similar displays, this one definitely has some more impressive displays and it's quite large, you can spend a lot of time here. The Hayden planetarium is pretty neat and of course the dinosaur exhibits are fun. Be prepared for a packed entrance hall and lots of kids. Would also highly recommend stopping by the Teddy Roosevelt area in the middle of the museum, because he's awesome.
The places is great and the entry "fee" is actually a suggested donation so for those who do not have a lot of money pay as you please. The reason I am giving it a 3 star is the staff does nothing. Yes there are some I saw working with a smile and having a great time, but you are surrounded by people of all cultures who do no get a long much, and its a shoving fighting over crowded mess. If you are coming to enjoy the exhibits get your elbow pads ready because you are in for a fight. If you want to get in quick and not wait 20 hours, come early at 10 right when it opens and come in though the parking garage. Do not eat at the food court. A family of 4 will cost well over 100 dollars for okay food.