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American Museum of Natural History

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American Museum of Natural History

West 81st Street & Central Park West
New York NY

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$28/ages 12-65, $16/ages 3-12, $22/students & seniors (suggested)

Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

Daily 10 am–5:30 pm

This giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders delights lovers of animal & nature of all ages.


🐝 The spectacular cave-like Gilder Center with floor-to-ceiling collections displays & an insectarium
🦋 Year-round  Butterfly Vivarium
🌎 Immersive, interactive Invisible Worlds
🪐 Rose Center for Earth and Space
🐋 94-foot-long blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life
💎 Sparkly Halls of Gems and Minerals,
🦖 Dinosaur fossils galore


🦈 Interactive Sharks
☄️ Planetarium Show Worlds Beyond Earth
🦒 IMAX Serengeti

⭐️ Gets crowded on weekends and holidays, but there is always a quiet nook to explore.

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Young Urban Planners: Playground Adventure

Join Conservancy guides for an intergenerational summer adventure at one of Central Park’s iconic playgrounds. Explore the playground’s structures and landscape through fun, hands-on activities to learn about the design and urban planning principles that shape Central Park’s play spaces. Fun for budding urban planning enthusiasts and playground regulars.

Happening weekly at different playgrounds throughout…

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Discovery Walks for Families: The North Woods

Learn about the design of the largest of the Park’s woodlands, a 40-acre forest retreat in the middle of New York City, and how the plants and trees contribute to the health of an urban woodland community. Includes hands-on exploration and guided activities in a complementary Discovery Journal.

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Ancient Playground

This big playground invokes Egyptian themes with climbable pyramids, a large sand lot and a spray shower that represents Egypt’s Nile River in reference to the ancient Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art next door.  Lots of slides, tunnels and concrete bridges plus bucket, tire and strap swings are perfect for…

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Billy Johnson Playground

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

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