Thursday, March 10, 2011

American Museum of Natural History

A rainy day, like today, offers the perfect opportunity to visit one New York's many museums or galleries.  A few weeks ago I visited the American Museum of Natural History and found it really interesting.  The museum is located on Central Park West at 79th Street and is open daily from 10am to 5.45pm.

They have some great exhibits, I especially enjoyed the 'Milstein Hall of Ocean Life', 'The Fossil Halls' and the 'Stout Hall of Asian Peoples'.  They also have special exhibitions which change every few months and can be viewed at an extra charge.  They currently have 'The Butterfly Conservatory' which houses over 500 live butterflies, and an exhibit called 'Brain:The Inside Story'. 

There is an IMAX theatre which boasts a forty-foot-high, sixty-six-foot-wide screen and amazing sound system.  Currently showing is 'Sea Rex: Journey to a Prehistoric World'.

We ate lunch in the large food court in the basement which offers a wide variety of food stations to suit most tastes.  Although quite expensive the food was of a good quality and we enjoyed our meal.  If you didn't fancy the food court there are three other eateries where you can get lunch, coffee and snacks.

The museum offers various admission packages depending on which exhibits you want to see and you get special discounts if you plan to visit other museums as well.  However, standard admission is $16 for adults and $9 for children under 12.

The American Museum of Natural History is a fun day out and is great for the kiddies as well as adults.  For more information visit http://www.amnh.org/

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