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The American Museum of Natural History is a popular attraction and one of the largest natural history museums in the world. The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts, displays and exhibits, all geared to reveal secrets of the beautiful natural world. The visit begins with skeletons and live-size replicas of elephants, dinosaurs and other extinct creatures, which welcome you as you enter the main hall. Other points of interest include the Hall of Human Biology and Evolution, the Hall of Meteorites, a vast collection of gemstones, an IMAX theater and the Rose Center for Earth and Space planetarium shows (at extra cost), as well as a research library. The museum offers a number of specially customized public and group tours as well as educational programs and trips, enabling visitors to explore the exhibits in detail. Please note, there are separate entry fees for certain exhibitions and programs, the IMAX theater and shows at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Please check the website for more details.
Located at the American Museum of Natural History, Rose Center for Earth & Space focuses on all things related to the stars - from our home planet to the most distant galaxies. The fantastic, high-tech architecture actually makes you feel as though you have stepped into the future, perhaps even to a distant planet. The most prominent feature of the Rose Center is the New Hayden Planetarium, but the other exhibits (such as the installations illustrating the scale and age of the universe or the inner workings of the earth) are just as fascinating.
The New York Hall of Science is an interactive museum geared towards children. The Space Pavilion at the 1964 World's Fair took place here, but now it houses more than 160 exhibits detailing the history and evolution of science and technology. A highlight is the outdoor Science Playground, a park filled with interactive games and displays. Fictional characters and scientific arts and crafts are used extensively much to the delight of the little ones here.
Walk the deck of the 900-foot (274-meter) aircraft carrier Intrepid, best known for its role in World War II, and witness thought-provoking exhibits on aviation as well as deep sea and space exploration. Tour a submarine and take a virtual flight, in addition to viewing vintage and modern airplanes parked wing to wing. The interactive programs and events are designed for all ages and guarantee an educational yet fun experience. The stunning interiors and the panoramic views on the outside make The Intrepid a must-visit.
The Elevator Historical Society is located on the second floor inside the black and yellow Taxi Building. The museum is a brainchild of Pat Carrajat, who has been in the elevatormaintenance-repair industry for a very long time. His passion for elevators was converted into tangible form through The Elevator Historical Society. The museum houses old models of elevators, vintage push-buttons, and other elevatorparts, and a photograph of Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet from their elevator scene in Titanic, autographed by the stars. Though the museum occupies just one room, it is almost like a time travel back into the modest era of technology.
Located inLiberty State Park, the Liberty Science Center stimulates learning and enhances the mind's natural state of thinking. There are several thematic exhibition areas covering topics that vary from evolution to architecture. Our Hudson Home, the da Vinci Surgical Robot Exhibit, Infection Connection and Skyscraper! Achievement & Impact are just some of the interactive exhibitions at LSC. These exhibitions allow kids to gain information and develop hands-on experience related to the topics. The center also houses the country's largest IMAX® Dome Theater, which is 88 feet (26.82 meters) in diameter and seats 400. A top-notch event space is available for private events, with upscale catering and a gorgeous view.
Head to an educational yet fun day out with the family to New York City's only remaining general interest museum- Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences. Located at 75 Stuyvesant Place, this museum was founded in 1881 by the city's environmental activists in hopes of preserving local history of the nation. Boasting an impressive collection of over a thousand specimens belonging to three categories namely: History Archive and Library, Natural Sciences and Fine Art, the museum offers an informative insight about local plants, animals, birds, insects and fine arts. Also known as the Mini Smithsonian, the museum attracts over 80,000 visitors every year. A must visit when in Staten Island!
The American Merchant Marine Museum's motives are two-fold - it wishes to educate the public about America's merchant marines, as well as harbor a collection of historic Marine-related items and relics to demonstrate America's rich sea-faring heritage. There is a range of ship models to peruse, alongside some fine maritime art, artifacts and nautical instruments. Private guided tours are available from Tuesday to Friday - call ahead to enquire.