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American Museum of Natural History

Kids will love the interactive displays at this New York museum. Embark on an exciting trip through space and time. At the Rose Center, learn more about Cosmic Collisions and what causes the universe to evolve, as narrated by actor Robert Redford. At Dinosaurs Alive you will go on a trip to Gobi Desert to get an up-close look at the living species.

This museum was founded in 1869 and is a city landmark.  More than 200 scientists work in this museum which has 42 exhibit halls that show off some of the rarest sights from history.

Interesting features of the museum include a real life model of a Blue Whale; the 1.7-million-year-old “Turkana Boy” and the 400,000 years old “Peking Man.”

The original building has a neo-Gothic design while the south side of the museum is neo-Romansque. If you enter from Central Park West you will go through the Roman entrance to see the Beaux-Art monument. In the main lobby, the Allosaurus Skeleton dominates the space. The museum library contains over half a million volumes on various topics. Famous neighbors include Central Park, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

When you are hungry, at the Ocean Grill (212-579-2300) choose from a large selection of fresh seafood. Sushi lovers can enjoy their sushi bar. Later, join the fun and laughter at the Stand-Up New York Comedy Club (212-595-0850) between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

Nearby accommodations include The Lucerne Hotel, a nice destination for families, where you can walk down to shopping and major attractions nearby. While Inn New York City is an oasis of calm in bustling Broadway. This charming getaway is housed in a turn-of-the-century townhouse.

Hours:
Daily 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. 

Admission:
Adult $14
Senior $10.50
Student $10.50
Child (2-12) $8

Address:
W 79th St. at Central Park W,
New York, NY 10024-5102

Tel: (212) 769-5100

Trains: B, C to 81st Street

URL: http://www.amnh.org

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