Natural History Museum, New York City
We had a couple of rainy days on our recent visit to NYC, meaning that our planned extensive exploration of Central Park turned into a visit to the American Museum of Natural History. Located over at Central Park West and 79th street, the AMNH offers room after room after room of treasures, objects of interest and history and literally the history of the earth and its peoples. And besides all the "rooms", there are four separate floors, housing both permanent and rotating exhibitions for your enjoyment. It is actually an easy place to get lost in, and you may find yourself occasionally saying "we were just here, right"? There are the bird halls, the culture halls, the mammal halls, the biodiversity halls, the fossil halls and the brand new (2000) Rose Hall space exploration area.
There are a lot of recreated exhibits and such, and that's all fine. I really enjoy the true historical objects and items on display - chain armor from the mideast, that sort of thing. So, it's safe to say that my favorite parts of AMNH involved the culture and peoples of the world.
One little note.... we learned that weekdays at the museum sometimes - or perhaps always - means school groups, and AT TIMES, we found ourselves somewhat overrun by hordes of preteens running, screaching and such. God help you if you need a bathroom and it's been "found" by a school group. Sigh. (see one of my photos below for a visual, sans sound unfortunately)
You can buy tickets online, or via self-serve kiosks at the museum. I will say this - the kiosks could use a bit of preventive maintenance. I had to try three of them before ONE of them would work. You can also buy tickets from a teller, and I AM TOLD that there really isn't a "set" ticket price, meaning that donations are accepted. They have an "advised donation", i.e. the ticket price, and they make it pretty tough for you to actually get to a place that you could "choose" the donation you're going to give for donation. (All of the online and self-serve kiosks only sell "suggested donation" tickets.) Not griping mind you, just pointing this out. If I remember correctly, the (suggested donation) price for admission was $16/adult. I hope they spend some of it on fixing those kiosks. :)
Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY, 10024-5192
Hours are 1000 - 1745 daily, closed Christmas and Thanksgiving Day
Following is a list of Museums, their addresses, phone numbers, directions on getting there and admission price.
While a visit to the famous ones is a must, please pay a visit to the less visited ones.
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY:
Now, this is the largest natural museum in the world, and one must pay a visit - Central Park West at 79th Street; Hours Sun-Thurs 10:00 am - 5:45 p.m., Fri-Sat 1:00 am - 8:45 pm. Admission $8 for adults $6 for students and senior citizens, $4.50 for children. Subway line 1,9 to 79th Street or B, C to 81st Street Call for further information and special exhibits at 212-769-5100.
EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO:
Celebrating Latin American culture. Hours - Wed-Sun 11:00 am-5:00 pm Admission $4 for adults, $2 for students and seniors. Children under 12 free. Address 1230 Madison Avenue (104th Street) Subway line 6 to 103rd Street. Call for further information at 212-831-7272.
THE FRICK COLLECTION:
Beaux-Arts Mansion houses one of the world's most magnificant collections of Old Master paintings, furnishings and decorative arts. 1 East 70th Street. Open Tues-Sat 10: am - 6:00 pm Sun 1-6 pm. Admission $7 for adults, $5 for students and senors. Subway #6 to 68th Street. Call for further information at 212-288-0700.
Visit the American Museum of Natural History.
Fondest memory: The Natural History Museum is a major tourist attraction in New York City. There are altogether 42 permanent exhibits covering various disciplines of sciences, from biology, ecology, zoology, geology, astronomy to anthropology. The Hall of Dinosaurs is a big hit with the kids.