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  • Location: New York City, New York
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Awe and marvel at one of is one of the largest and most renowned museums in the world, The American Museum of Natural History. Both educational and entertaining, this celebrated New York institution is perfect for adults and children alike. From dinosaur bones to far-off galaxies, spend a day and explore the world, past and present. Add this popular Manhattan attraction to your New York itinerary for a day of wonderment you won't soon forget.

Voted the Number One Family Attraction in New York City and Third Most Popular destination in the USA by Zagat Survey Family Travel Guide!

Highlights

  • 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!

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What You Can Expect

American Museum of Natural History

Opt for the Super Saver Ticket and See the Incredible Whales: Giants of the Deep Exhibit!

Located in the heart of Manhattan, set across from beautiful Central Park, American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's greatest scientific and cultural institutions housed in one of the most architecturally magnificent buildings. Founded in 1869, the museum has grown significantly over the years, now comprising a staggering 25 interconnected buildings with more than 1.2 million square feet (111483 square meters) of exhibits, research facilities and libraries. It's an exciting merging of the past and the future, and a delight for the curious of all ages.

Delight in a multitude of permanent exhibits as well as the impressive Rose Center for Earth and Space. Discover the preeminent museum that continues to fascinate and enrich millions of visitors each year. Recently renovated, visitors can now experience the grandeur of its historic 77th Street lobby with its original 1904 design celebrating the return and revitalization of the century-old Museum icon of the past, the 63-foot-long (19.2 meter) Great Canoe.

Kids will love the many inspirational displays featured in the film Night at the Museum including the the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton on display in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs and the Easter Island head in the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples. Discover people the world with the vivid displays of the Cultural Halls examining the cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Pacific. Explore the evolutionary story of the human family in In the Hall of Human Origins. Dozens of exhibits from mammals, birds, natural history, biodiversity to dioramas and more await!

Don't forget the Rose Center for Earth and Space, a grand glass cube enclosing the equally impressive sphere housing the Big Bang Theater and the Hayden Planetarium. Watch the four-minute Big Bang presentation, walk along the Cosmic Pathway, and explore our closest planetary wonder--planet Earth! Upgrade to the Super Saver Package for access to the Hayden Planetarium and more amazing exhibitions.

Super Saver Package
The American Museum of Natural History's Super Saver Package includes admission to the Museum, the Rose Center for Earth and Space plus the Hayden Planetarium Space Show, an IMAX film, and all special exhibitions. Special exhibits are constantly changing to provide a dynamic experience for the first-time visitor or the returning Museum explorer.

See below for a sample of permanent exhibits and Special Exhibits:

Itinerary


Sample of the Permanent Halls (included for all visitors)

Akeley Hall of African Mammals

Since its opening in 1936, the hall has been considered one of the world's great museum displays with 28 dioramas in this hall depicting some of the many animals and habitats of Africa. All the animals have been reconstructed with such scientific accuracy and detail that they appear astoundingly lifelike. It was named after Carl Akeley (1864-1926), the explorer, conservationist, taxidermist, sculptor, and photographer who conceived of, designed, and collected for this hall.

Guggenheim Hall of Minerals, and Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems

These halls contain exquisite treasures systematically arranged according to their physical properties to showcase an extraordinary range of size, color and shape. A highlight is the 563-carat Star of India, the largest and most famous sapphire in the world as well as the Patricia Emerald, a 632-carat specimen that is one of the very few large, gem-quality emeralds that have been preserved uncut.

Spitzer Hall of Human Origins

Opened in 2007, it is the first major exhibition to present, side by side, the mutually reinforcing evidence of the fossil record and cutting-edge DNA research. The hall covers millions of years of human history, from the emergence of our earliest ancestors through the evolution of our own species. It presents a fascinating mix of fossils, film, interactive media, life-size tableaux, ancient artifacts, and more.

Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
Newly renovated, the hall is now a 29,000 square-foot (2,694 square meters) fully immersive marine environment with high definition video projections, interactive computer stations, and eight new ocean habitat displays. Be dwarfed by the celebrated 94-foot (28.6 m) blue whale, one of the Museum's star attractions, floats in a "virtual ocean" created through dramatic lighting, video and sound effects. The Andros Coral Reef, a two level diorama containing 40 tons (36 metric tonnes) of coral, allows a unique view of this ecosystem above and below the water.

Special Exhibitions and Attractions Included with the Supersaver Ticket

The Power of Poison
(November 16, 2013–August 10, 2014)
Explore the perils, power, and potential of poison in this new exhibition. See a life-sized scene of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. Discover where the phrase "mad as a hatter" originated from and explore other tales of the effects of poison that filter into life in surprising ways.

The Butterfly Conservatory
(October 12, 2013 ―May 26, 2014)
Mingle with more than 500 live, free flying butterflies in an enclosed habitat with lush vegetation and live flowering plants.gle with more than 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies in an enclosed habitat

Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
(April 5, 2014–January 5, 2015)
Neither dinosaurs nor birds, pterosaurs are an extraordinarily diverse group of winged reptiles—the first vertebrates to evolve powered flight. The exhibition will have a special focus on flight, comparing pterosaurs to birds and bats in particular and exploring both similarities and differences. Fossils, casts, lifelike models, videos, hands-on interactives and other exhibits will bring pterosaurs to life.

IMAX FILM: Mysteries of the Unseen World in 2D and 3D Digital
(through July 5, 2014)
Mysteries of the Unseen World, narrated by Academy Award winner Forrest Whitaker, takes viewers on a journey to see things not visible to the naked eye, thanks to the film’s innovative use of high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology.

Hayden Planetarium Space Show
Dark Universe
Go beyond the night sky and into deep space with your narrator, famed astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson, to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

you can almost spend 10 hours here every where is an exhibition

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Wow. What a place. Highly recommended.

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