American Museum of Natural History, New York City

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    Can you spot the Belgian hints on this building?

    by kbl Written Jan 28, 2014

    This building, at the beginning of Broadway, looks over the first cattle market in New York. It stands where the forts of the Brits and the Dutch once stood.

    Born in Belgium, I'm always happy when I can point to references to Belgium. There are (at least) two that can be found on this building:

    1. When the building was constructed, it pictured the most important nation that traded with the young new nation. So it's kinda bizarre to see one of the top statues to represent "Belgium". Especially when you take into account that the building was built in 1902, when Belgium was not really that big in trading with the USA. The secret is that the statue represents the German Kaiser. But in 1918, the people of New York could not accept that a statue mentioned that "disgraced nation" and so the word "Germany" was replaced by "Belgium".

    2. In the wall, you will find the hands that are so typical for the city of Antwerp.

    Koen is a native European, transplanted into New York, where he now combines entrepreneurial ventures with Freelance Journalist jobs and guiding tourists in the lower parts of Manhattan.

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    One of the Best

    by bennforlife Written Dec 20, 2013
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    I loooove museums. And I would have to say this is one of the best! It's huge! I spent over an hour in the South America section alone. There were also life-sized replicas animals so realistic I questioned if they were stuffed. I didn't get a chance to see any of the prehistoric animal fossils. What a bummer. Looks like I'll have to come back!

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    Dinosaurs on Display

    by acebruin Updated Dec 20, 2013
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    This place is huge! One day spent here doesn't cover all the halls. We only spent a couple of hours in the museum and we only got to see the dinosaurs area. We pretty much ran through the mineral halls near closing time just to see the diamonds and semi precious gemstones.

    A great spot to take your family to, very educational. They have a cafe inside, so don't worry about having to bring food or what not. I suggest spending the whole day here, or divide and cover in two days. A couple of hours weren't enough for us. I wish we had more time to spend here.

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    American Natural History Museum

    by antistar Updated Jun 5, 2013
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    They made a movie about this museum. Then they made a sequel or two. It's a kid's dream, and an adult kid's dream too. There's hunks of meteorite torn from the ice of Greenland. There's a life size model of a Blue Whale hanging from the ceiling. The Hayden Planetarium - a filming location for Kevin Spacey's K-Pax movie. But most exciting of all for me were the fossils. There's a triceratops, a stegosaurus, a mammoth... and a genuine authentic tyrannosaurus rex. It's the very same t-rex that was dug up by the legendary fossil hunter Barnum Brown between 1902 and 1908.

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    A great day out!

    by Gembly Written Feb 27, 2013

    Not being a huge fan of museums, I really only went because my friend wanted to go.
    However, I was very pleasantly surprised!

    We went on a Saturday and got there first thing in the morning, just as it opened. There was a very big queue waiting at the door but as soon as we got inside and bought our tickets, we were pretty much alone throughout the whole museum (with the exception of the dinosaur exhibit and the restaurant!)

    It's very dark in most places in the museum so be prepared... some exhibits don't allow flash photography!

    Well worth a trip, even if you're not a museum buff (the building has some fantastic architecture)

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    American Museum of Natural History

    by Tom_Fields Written Aug 3, 2012
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    This is the largest and best natural history museum the I've ever seen. The exhibits, which seem to be endless, cover biology, geology, astronomy, archeology, and much more. You'll need a full day to see the entire museum.

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    Visit the Dinosaurs

    by Donna_in_India Updated Apr 8, 2012

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    You can spend hours in the exhibit halls of the American Museum of Natural History. With 4 floors of exhibits you're sure to find something to interest everyone in your group!

    The permanent exhibits include - the "stars" of the museum - the dinosaurs in the Fossil Halls, geological specimans in the Hall of Planet Earth, and a 94-foot long whale model in the Hall of Ocean Life. Check the website for the excellent temporary exhibits (usually a separate entrance fee). There's also an Imax theater, Planetarium, a large cafeteria and plenty of museum shops.

    The Museum is open daily, 10:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m. Space Show Hours — Every half-hour, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; First Friday of every month 10:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

    Tickets to the Museum may be purchased at the Museum or in advance online.

    Adults: $19.00
    Children (2-12): $10.50
    Senior/Student with ID: $14.50

    Museum is also covered in New York's City Pass - http://www.citypass.com/city/ny.html and The New York Pass - http://www.newyorkpass.com.

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    Hello Ben Stiller! (night At the Museum)

    by machomikemd Written Oct 16, 2010
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    well since the movie of ben stiller called night at the museum part one, this museum located at central park west has eclipsed the Museum of Modern Art in popularity! (hello teddy roosevelt err robin williams hehehe). The Museum boasts habitat dioramas of African, Asian and North American mammals, a full-size model of a Blue Whale suspended in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, sponsored by the family of Paul Milstein, a 62 foot (19 m) Haida carved and painted war canoe from the Pacific Northwest, a massive 31 ton piece of the Cape York meteorite, and the Star of India, the largest star sapphire in the world. The circuit of an entire floor is devoted to vertebrate evolution. The Museum has extensive anthropological collections: Asian People, Pacific People, Man in Africa, American Indian collections, general Native American collections, and collections from Mexico and Central America.

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    American Museum of Natural History

    by marielexoteria Updated Feb 6, 2010

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    The American Museum of Natural History is part of the "museum mile" and opened in 1869. It has 4 floors (plus the lower level floor) full of interesting things to learn about us humans, the space, the sea, animals, minerals, etc. When visiting, put on some comfortable shoes and stay for at least one full afternoon.

    My first stop was the diorama halls, with backgrounds so well made that they almost looked too real in my pictures. I enjoyed a lot the folks halls, with displays of cultural things about Asian people (China, India, Siberia, etc.) and Latin America (their exposition about the Caribbean was too little in my opinion).

    There's 5 entrances to this museum: one on each street around the block, that most people use, plus the one by the subway that has less people buying tickets. As of Jan 2010, the fee for an adult was 21 US (not including temporary exhibitions or the Rose Space Center). See the link below for more information about temporary exhibitions, updated prices and opening times.

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  • Not like in the movie at All

    by LovemySpouse Written Dec 1, 2009

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    It is Pay What You Want, so instead of paying $16 each, we paid $10 each and we are so glad we did. We did not spend the extra coin to see the 'special' exhibits, we just did the regular admission to see what it was like.
    We were disappointed overall with it actually. We thought it would be like it showed in the movie "Night at the Museum" but there was nothing we could see that was the same. There is a lot of information, you can tell that parts of it were done over and are very nice, but other sections are so outdated, still old panelling, the exhibits are so old they need to be changed, like a lot of the birds and animals, the hides look completely washed out, the feathers are faded, colours barely there, plexiglass cloudy, missing things, really just old old old.
    Overall, it is okay, as mentioned some sections are nice, but some are not, I've seen better museums elsewhere. Still okay for likely most people, you should be able to find something interesting but don't go expecting to see anything from the movie.

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    American Museum of Natural History

    by MM212 Updated Oct 27, 2009

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    Dinosaurs, meteorites, fossils and more fascinating objects from nature are on display at the American Museum of Natural History. It is on of the city's largest and most visited museums. The Museum itself was founded in 1869, but only moved to its current location in the Upper West Side in 1877. However, the building was continually expanded and added to such that it's become a complex of interconnected buildings. One of its most intriguing wings is the Rose Planetarium, completed in 2000, it contains a sphere which shows films about our world and space that make it well worth a visit.

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    by apbeaches Updated Oct 13, 2009

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    The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world and my favorite. The Museum comprises 25 interconnected buildings that house 46 permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories, and its renowned library. The collections contain over 150 million specimens, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time. The Museum has a scientific staff of more than 200, and sponsors over 100 special field expeditions each year.

    Most of the Museum's collections of dinosaur fossils remain hidden from public view. They are kept in numerous storage areas located deep within the Museum complex. Among these, the most significant storage facility is the ten story Childs Frick Building which stands within an inner courtyard of the Museum. The predicted great weight of the fossil bones led designers to add special steel reinforcement to the building's framework, as it now houses the largest collection of fossil mammals and dinosaurs in the world. The great fossil collections that are open to public view occupy the entire fourth floor of the Museum as well as a separate exhibit that is on permanent display in the Theodore Roosevelt Hall.

    The Museum boasts habitat dioramas of African, Asian and North American mammals, a full-size model of a Blue Whale suspended in the Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, a 62 foot Haida carved and painted war canoe from the Pacific Northwest, a massive 31 ton piece of the Cape York meteorite, and the "Star of India", the largest star sapphire in the world. The circuit of an entire floor is devoted to vertebrate evolution.

    The Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals houses hundreds of unusual geological specimens. It adjoins the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems showcasing many rare, and valuable gemstones. On display are many renowned samples that are chosen from among the Museum's more than 100,000 pieces. Included among these are the Patricia Emerald, a 632 carat, 12 sided stone that is considered to be one of the world's most fabulous emeralds. It was discovered during the 1920s in a mine high in the Colombian Andes and was named for the mine-owner's daughter.

    The Museum has extensive anthropological collections: Asian Peoples, Pacific Peoples, Man in Africa, American Indian collections, general Native American collections, and collections from Mexico and Central America.

    The Hayden Planetarium, connected to the Museum, is now part of the Rose Center for Earth and Space, housed in a glass cube containing the spherical Space Theater, designed by James Stewart Polshek. The Heilbrun Cosmic Pathway is one of the more popular exhibits in the Rose Center. The new building consists of a six-story high glass cube enclosing a 87-foot illuminated sphere that appears to float — although it is actually supported by truss work. James Polshek has referred to his work as a "cosmic cathedral". The Rose center and its adjacent plaza, both located on the north facade of the Museum, are regarded as some of Manhattan's most outstanding recent architectural additions. The facility encloses 333,500 square feet of research, education, and exhibition space as well as the Hayden planetarium.

    The gift/book shop is just incredible; a fabulous place to get a gift for anyone. The cafeteria in the basement caters to most with a grill, sushi bar, pasta station, salad bar, and entrees. There are smaller gift shops & cafe's throughout the museum

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    by sabur76 Written Sep 2, 2009

    This is a very good museum. It's very interesting with tons of things to look at and its big enough that it's possible to get lost.

    Little known fact: The suggested price is just that, suggested. I paid the full suggestion as I can afford it, but if you can't, let the ticket seller know.

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    American Museum of Natural History

    by moiraistyx Written Aug 13, 2009

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    Yesterday I played hooky from work and wow am I glad that I did. I hadn't been to the American Museum of Natural History since I was in the 7th or 8th grade. All I really remembered about the museum was the

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    New York Historical Society

    by roamer61 Written Nov 2, 2008

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    This wonderful museum situated only a block away from the American Museum of Natural History is a great place to spend a morning or afternoon. There are exhibits detailing every aspect of New York and American History from the Slave Trade to the Civil War and beyond.
    The museum has a very nice gift shop on the premises. Admission is charged. $10.00 for Adults; $7.00 for Seniors and children under 12.

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