NYC- Museum of Natural History

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.

Nearby I always stop at Zabar’s for a coffee and bagel (they also have sandwiches, knish etc). They are located on Broadway at 80th Street. Zabar’s has to be experienced, in person, to truly be understood. You have to see the crowds, hear  the banter of our sales help, smell the croissants baking, admire the rich brown   hues of our coffee, sample cheese from every corner of the world, enjoy the beauty of hand sliced nova, walk upstairs and see the largest selection of imported copper cookware anywhere… it really is a one of a kind adventure.
A short walk away is the park area called  Strawberry Fields.

2 comments on “NYC- Museum of Natural History

  1. Oh, Thom . . . . how are you ever going to be able to leave NYC???? You are IN LOVE!!! Keep the pics/info coming; we love it! Mary & Tom McC


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