Dan and I spent last Saturday morning roaming the halls of the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. With exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to outer space, it definitely had a little something for both of us.
I especially loved the halls of mammals, which spanned three floors and exhibited various species in windowed dioramas that made their subjects come to life. I also really enjoyed the exhibits on various human cultures; I’m a huge anthropology nerd! Dan knew so much about the dinosaurs, calling them by scientific name and reciting facts to me as we went. We’re just nerdy together!
I kept remembering glimpses of “Night at the Museum,” the 2006 movie starring Ben Stiller which I haven’t actually watched since it first came out. Some things just stay with you, I guess! You can actually take a Night at the Museum Tour, which is self-guided and takes you around to some of the “stars” of the come-to-life film.
There are several other tours as well as an interactive app and also an IMAX theatre, but we chose to leave as tons of little trick-or-treaters started showing up in costume. I guess we’ll have to go back to see the Hall of Oceans, one exhibit we unfortunately missed out on.
Visiting is easy and can take up as much of your day as you want. We easily could have stayed all day, but we ended up only there for about four hours. There are several cafes inside, so lunch would have been easy. There were also several food vendors lined up outside in front of the museum, so as long as you had your ticket I believe you could come back in after going out.
Address: Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024
Get There: Take the B or C subway line uptown to the 81st Street stop, which comes out right on the corner in front of the museum.
Tickets: Suggested Donation of $22 for adults, $12.50 for students, $17 for seniors or students BUT this is a suggested donation price… if you would like to pay less you can. You can hand them a $1, $5, $10, or any other price you’d like and be given a ticket without any judgement. (There are several museums in NYC that operate like this.)
Online: www.amnh.org, Facebook, Twitter (I tweeted them with a question and they responded fairly quick!)