American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History © Ingfbruno
Challenged only by its counterpart in London, the American Museum of Natural History is the largest and most important museum of its kind in the world. 45 exhibition halls hold more than 30 million artefacts, quite enough to keep anyone busy on a rainy afternoon.
The most popular exhibit is a 50ft (15m) tall skeleton of a barosaurus in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, and there are three more spectacular dinosaur halls on the fourth floor. Other halls include the Hall of Biodiversity, the Hall of Ocean Life, the Hall of Human Biology and Evolution.
The fabulous Hayden Planetarium is a 90ft (27m) wide aluminium sphere that seems to float inside a massive glass cube, which in turn is home to the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Those tired of walking can check out the Museum of Television and Radio.
Address: Central Park West, at West 79th Street
Opening times: Daily 10am to 5.45pm, except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving.
Admission: General admission $23 (adults). Concessions and special ticket options available. Temporary exhibitions charge additional admission fees.