I haven’t been to the American Museum of Natural History since I was a little kid, and the same old dinosaur that scared me then greeted me once again.
But this time, the display of mammals is what blew me away!
They display stuffed animals behind glass in very real looking native settings. And you expect them all to blink or start munching on some of the very real looking vegetation. Here are some of my new friends –
The tall guys
The stripey guys
The "Don't Mess With Me" Guy
And there were dozens more!
If you are in New York with children of any age, a trip to this museum is fun and even educational. And if you need to pick up any Christmas or birthday presents, the 3-level gift shop has a wonderful selection of minerals, fossils, crystals, books, and jewelry.
I can’t believe that during the decade I lived in Manhattan, I never checked this place out! If I hadn't forgotten to have that kid, I'd probably be more familiar with it. And check out their web site - there are so many fun exhibits!
The museum is located on Central Park West, between 77th and79th Streets.