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Museum of Natural History

Location: Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024

The American Museum of Natural History is the largest natural history museum in the world! The entire museum spans 4 city blocks and consists of some 25 interconnected buildings. Explorer, the Museum’s interactive application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, serves as a navigational tool through the museum’s 570,000 square feet and provides in-depth tours through the halls and a scavenger hunt option.

The Museum contains more than 40 exhibition halls, displaying a portion of the institution's 32 million specimens and artifacts, many in lifelike dioramas. Possessing the most scientifically important collection of dinosaurs and fossil vertebrates in the world, the museum has six halls that tell the story of vertebrate evolution.

The public's favorites include the Tyrannosaurus rex and Apatosaurus. Also on view in the Roosevelt rotunda is the tallest free-standing dinosaur exhibit in the world, which has been remounted to reflect current scientific theory about dinosaur behavior. The Hall of Biodiversity is devoted to the most pressing environmental issues of our time: the critical need to preserve the variety and interdependence of Earth's living things.

For geology buffs, there are also the separate halls of meteorites, minerals and gems. The stunning Rose Center for Earth and Space is a $200 million glass box enclosing a great white sphere. The Center is home to the new Hayden Planetarium—the world's most technologically advanced—which offers an absorbing three-dimensional tour of the universe and a multisensory re-creation of the Big Bang.

No visit to New York would be complete without a visit to the Museum of Natural History so when your double decker bus tour gets there—hop off and check it out!!