American Museum of Natural History
One of New York City’s most prestigious museums, the American Museum of Natural History encourages visitors to get in touch with the natural world. Since its first series of exhibits opened in 1871, the museum has evolved into an expansive institution that could easily take the larger part of a day to explore. The permanent exhibitions feature earth and space sciences, human and cultural origins, and seemingly endless species of flora and fauna: a true field guide to our planet and beyond. Don't miss the lifelike dioramas of the Bernard Hall of North American Mammals, the towering fossils in the David A. Koch Dinosaur Wing, and the sparkling specimens in the Guggenheim Hall of Minerals. The museum also hosts a variety of events and special exhibits—check the website before you go—and features an IMAX theater and the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater, which screens exciting, educational shows about outer space.