American Museum of Natural History

View on Map Address: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192 Website: http://www.amnh.org/

The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York is situated on the Upper West Side of Manhattan - just across from Central Park - and is renowned for its exhaustive exhibitions and scientific collections.

It is comprised of 27 interconnected buildings that house vast halls, a planetarium and a library. In total, there are more than 32 million specimens across 1.6 million square feet, making the museum one of the largest in the entire world.

An average of five million people each year visit to take a look at artefacts like a full-sized model of a blue whale, a 31-ton piece of the Cape York meteorite and the huge sapphire the Star of India.

The AMNH is easy to reach from central New York hotels, so it should definitely be high on the to-do list for first-time visitors to the Big Apple.

Admission costs $19 for adults, $10.50 for children and $14.50 for seniors and students. However, 'Plus One' tickets that include admission to the museum and one special exhibition, IMAX film, or Hayden Planetarium Space Show are available for $25, $14.50 and $19 respectively.