An old time museum but kept up-to-date and imteresting?
The American Museum of Natural History is part of the “Museum Mile” and is on west 79th Street at Central Park West(not 5th Avenue). 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.
The collections contain over 32 million specimens, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time. 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
It is Pay What You Want, so instead of paying full price pay what you can afford. One little note, it is not quite like the “movie”. It is an “old school” museum with dioramas and large exhibits of elephants, whales etc. However, they have added some inter-active items throughout the museum. Be aware that their special exhibits are excellent and very interesting but require a fee and sometimes can be purchased in a group of items. Note they are not cheap but I think worth it.