Visitors love the American Museum of Natural History off Central Park West. Whether you’re exploring the interactive exhibits on the land, the sea or outer space; user reviews take on a common theme. This museum is incredible. Even the cafeteria and gift shop are worth your notice.
There are approximately 32 million artifacts inside, spread across four city blocks, 25 buildings and through 45 exhibition halls, so don’t even plan on seeing everything in one day. The Rose Center for Earth and Space is a particular favorite, but you should also plan on visiting the dinosaurs, the Hall of the Universe and the Butterfly Conservatory (on display from October through May). Local experts also say this museum is one of the best things to do as a family visiting New York City. “It’s an imaginative place, good for anyone of any age … and it’s educational and interactive,” says Richard Tucker, head concierge at The Refinery Hotel. Local experts say the institution is one of the city’s can’t-miss museums.
The American Museum of Natural History is perpetually crowded, but you’ll face fewer people if you visit during a weekday in the late winter or spring. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. until 5:45 p.m., and famous for its “suggested” admission prices: $22 for adults, $17 for seniors and students with an ID and $12.50 for children ages 2 to 12. Take the B or C train to 81st Street or the 1 to 79th Street to get there, and bookmark the official websitebefore you go.