American Museum of Natural History
Upper West Side
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in New York City
New York City
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, United States
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, is one of the largest and most celebrated museum
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s in the world. Located in park-like grounds across the street from Central Park
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, the Museum comprises 25 interconnected buildings that house 46 permanent exhibition halls, research laboratories, and its renowned library.
The collections contain over 32 million specimens, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time.