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New York: American Museum of Natural History Family Tour

1. New York: American Museum of Natural History Family Tour

Meet your tour guide at the entrance to the museum. Decide which exhibits you want to see so your family can get the most out of the guided tour. The American Museum of Natural History is one of the most reputable museums of its kind worldwide where you can explore dozens of exhibits and theater shows suitable for all ages. Explore the outer reaches of space at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Discover many fossils and bones on a floor dedicated entirely to dinosaur specimens. Learn more about mammals and sea life from all over the world, as well as various ecosystems. See artifacts and treasures from various civilizations, including the Aztecs and ancient Native Americans.  After your guided tour, you can explore the rest of the exhibits at your own pace. Your ticket is valid for the entire day.

NYC American Museum of Natural History Guided Museum Tour

2. NYC American Museum of Natural History Guided Museum Tour

The 33 million objects housed in the museum cover basically all of Earth’s history, so you’ll be lucky to have a knowledgeable guide break it all down for you. More than just a storyteller, your young, passionate, and engaging guide will approach touring in a different way. They will bring a personal touch to each tour, adding their own favorite anecdotes and tips along the way. They are there to listen to you, to answer your questions, and to create a dialogue – unlike other tours where they just lecture you as you go along. That’s the whole reason why the private and semi-private tour option are offered, to make sure you get the most possible out of your experience. Begin with the museum itself as you learn about its story in the majestic Roosevelt Rotunda where you’ll meet the first of many prehistoric creatures on your visit. Your guide will reveal how the dioramas are made as you explore the giant African mammals of the Akeley Hall. Then move towards the dinosaur exhibits where you’ll explore some of the most complete collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world. From the gargantuan Titanosaur to the more familiar T-Rex, you’ll feel like a kid again as you learn their stories. You’ll then move on to hear about the North American Forests, featuring the giant Sequoia, before gazing up at the giant Blue Whale hanging overhead in the Hall of Ocean Life. Visit some American mammals as you learn about the National Parks of the United States. Finally, blast off beyond our orbit in the Rose Center for Earth and Space to feel unbelievably insignificant facing the mysteries of the cosmos. Where else in New York can you feel like you’ve traveled through time and space without leaving the Upper West Side? This 2.5-hour guided tour runs daily and it includes entrance fees, a professional art historian guide, and private and semi-private tour options. Gratuities, food, drinks, and pickup or drop-off services are not included.

New York City: Bus Tour from Manhattan

3. New York City: Bus Tour from Manhattan

This sightseeing tour of New York City features comfortable bus transportation and narration to ensure you get the most out of your New York experience. Your driver will start the tour by taking you through Central Park West, where you can view the Dakota Building. From here, you will continue to the Upper West Side. You will later drive past a number of famous New York museums including the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum. Next, you will go into Midtown to drive along Fifth Avenue. Here, you will see the renowned Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall before stopping to view the Empire State Building. Continuing from the Flatiron Building, you will journey into Little Italy and take a stroll over to New York’s famous Chinatown. The bus will then take you to Wall Street in the Financial District and  stop at Battery Park for a view of the Statue of Liberty - those who would like to can end the tour here. The tour continues through the West Highway, where you’ll be able to see the site of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex. The tour ends at Herald Square. This tour features numerous photo stops for you to capture your New York experience.

NYC: Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Natural History Tour

4. NYC: Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Natural History Tour

Start with the Met and its roughly 2 million works of art and artifacts covering everything from Ancient Egypt to modern art. From the Great Hall, visit the museum’s most important galleries. Pass through the Medieval Europe Gallery on your way to the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace. Explore armory from the Middle Ages, including pieces worn by Henry VIII. The American wing hosts the staircase from the Chicago Stock Exchange as well as the famed portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware. A host of European painters including Vermeer, Picasso and Van Gogh awaits you as you learn about their troubled yet exciting lives. After a break for lunch, check out a few of the 33 million objects housed in the American Museum of Natural History, covering basically all of Earth’s history. Begin with the museum itself as you learn about its history in the majestic Roosevelt Rotunda. Your guide will then reveal how the dioramas are made as you explore the giant African mammals of the Akeley Hall. Then move towards the dinosaur exhibits where you’ll explore some of the most complete collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world. From the gargantuan Titanosaur to the more familiar T-Rex, you’ll feel like a kid again as you learn their stories. Then move on to hear about the North American Forests, featuring the giant Sequoia, before gazing up at the giant Blue Whale hanging overhead in the Hall of Ocean Life. Visit some American mammals as you learn about the National Parks of the United States. Finally, blast off beyond the orbit in the Rose Center for Earth and Space to feel unbelievably insignificant facing the mysteries of the cosmos Highlights Generally Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.) Henry VIII armor, Tiffany Autumn landscape, Chicago Stock Exchange Stairs, Madame X, Pop culture then and now, Hudson River School, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Jan Vermeer, Madonna with Child, Picasson, Seurat, Van Gogh and more! This 5.5-hour guided tour runs daily and it includes entrance fees for both Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History, a professional art historian guide, and private and semi-private tour options. Gratuities, food, drinks, and pickup or drop-off services are not included.

NYC: Virtual "Friends" Tour (On Location Tours)

5. NYC: Virtual "Friends" Tour (On Location Tours)

Virtually explore 18 locations from the "Friends" series from the comfort of your home. Pause, stop, and replay the tour at your own pace. Visit the "Friends" apartment building located above Central Perk. Pass by the Museum of Natural History where Ross works as a paleontologist. Swing by Bloomingdales where Rachel works as an assistant buyer, and check out Saks 5th Avenue where Joey develops a cologne spritzer rivalry with "The Hombre Man". To continue the fun, receive exclusive admission to a Friends Virtual Trivia Night event to go up against other "Friends" super fans. So, order two pizzas ("the Joey Special"), bake some of Phoebe's famous Nestlé toll house cookies, and join in the fun.

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What people are saying about American Museum of Natural History

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,377 reviews

James was a fun and knowledgeable guide. My family and I had been to the museum on numerous other occasions but his tour provided such great insight into the history of the museum that it was like we had never really seen it before! Ask for James if you book this tour. You’ll be happy you did.

Excellent tour hitting all the highlights. Our tour guide (Davidson) was very knowledgeable and a fun guide, we had been to the Natural History before but he made the different exhibits come to life and we learned so much in just two hours. Great tour!

Molto divertente e ben organizzato. Ottieni molte informazioni sulla città. Grazie mille Sergio era fantastico.

Very knowledgeable guide- Would have been lost without him.

make our visit to the museum a unique experience......!!!!