American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869, it’s one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. People come from all over the world to visit the Museum. It is gigantic; it covers four city blocks between 77th and 81st on Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. You can get lost in this place, but have no fear because wherever you land you see something incredible and educational. It’s no wonder that public schools from all over the tri-state area, from Elementary through High School plan day trips to the Museum. The Museum is elaborate with its 45 permanent exhibition halls and galleries for temporary exhibitions and the Rose Center for Earth and Space with the Hayden Planetarium. There are audio tours at the Rose Center for Earth and Space; it’s a 75 minute tour. Seminars go on as well on the first and last Tuesday of each month. There are 4 huge floors of exhibits, and not enough time in the day to cover the entire museum. On the first floor you will see ocean life, a must see is the Dinosaurs exhibit on the 4th floor, it’s just incredible. Also through the Museum are exhibits of thousands of mineral specimens and Indian artifacts. The four-story-tall Planetarium hosts the show “Journey to the Stars” narrated by Whoopi Goldberg. The list goes on and on, if you are visiting NYC or live in the city, you would be very remiss to not visit The Museum of Natural History. Approximately 5 million visitors from around the world came to visit the museum last year alone.
Nearby attractions: Swedish Cottage, Oak Bridge at Bank Rock Bay, Belvedere Castle, Strawberry Fields, Dakota.
The main entrance to the Museum is on central park west, where you will see the statue of president Theodore Roosevelt on horseback
Location: 200 Central Park West between 77th and 81st Street, New York City.