NYC: Museen (Bodies, American National History Museum & Madame Tussauds)

American Museum of Natural History

New York City, Thursday, March 31st and the weather is modest. The evening before, we decided to visit some of the museums included in the New York Pass. Before that, I went to the Apple Store in SoHo with the hope of finally getting an iPad 2. I arrived there just before the shop opened at 9 a.m. and there were already about 10 people standing in front of it. Unfortunately, there were only models that work with Verizon. So no success! An employee said you should stand in line between 6-7 o'clock to get an iPad with wifi. Although there is not a 100% chance of that. But it's not worth it to me on my vacation and in drizzle with temperatures around 0 degrees.


BODIES - The Exhibition
BODIES – The Exhibition

We started our museum day with the exhibition “Bodies”. Here, near Pier 17, people were explained using original models, similar to Body Worlds. The detailed look at the skeleton, muscles or individual organs was really interesting. The exhibits were also shocking, such as a lung that was riddled with tumors or cancer. In any case, I can recommend this exhibition. Except for the section with the embryos, there is nothing disgusting about it in any way. You should plan about an hour for a visit.

Subway Station am American Museum of Natural History
Subway Station am American Museum of Natural History

American National History Museum

After burritos and tacos for lunch, we took the subway to the Upper Westside to the American National History Museum. This massive natural history museum is spread over five floors and is located right next to the Rose Center for Earth and Space. It took us about three hours to see the entire museum. Exhibited include animals from all continents and oceans, a wide variety of world cultures and dinosaur skeletons. Among other things, the largest dinosaur found, the “Sauropods Astound”, is an exhibit here.

Madame Tussauds

In the late afternoon we drove back to Times Square to visit the Madame Tussauds wax museum. To be honest, I was very disappointed with this. Some of the characters were really poorly portrayed and we had a hard time even recognizing what they were. In addition, the cabinet is very small. I think we were done again in 30 minutes. Luckily the entrance fee was included in the New York Pass, otherwise it would have been a real waste of money.


My name is Christian and I was born in the green heart of Germany and studied computer engineering in Ilmenau, Thuringia. Since 2021, I live with my wife Christin and our son in Merseburg and work in Leipzig as a product manager. What I love about travelling is flying, discovering delicious food and drink, and staying in great hotels. I am a travel enthusiast and always on the lookout for the next adventure. I have been posting about my experiences on the road since 2007.

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