American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY

Central Park West at 79th StreetNew York, NY 10024
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Overview

The largest natural history museum in the world and spanning four city blocks, the American Museum of Natural History offers more than 40 exhibition halls with 32 million specimens and artifacts for guests of all ages to enjoy. The museum also features children’s workshops, multicultural programs, a discovery room, hands-on activities, on-going and seasonal events, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Tour the museum at your own pace.
  • Night at the Museum tour available.
  • Parking available for a fee.
  • Coat check offered for a fee.
  • Museum features 45 permanent exhibition halls, world-renowned dioramas, the Hayden Planetarium, and a 94-foot-long blue whale.
  • The fossil halls feature the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world.

Description

from American Museum of Natural History
Explore human cultures, the natural world, and the universe with a visit to one of the world’s preeminent natural history museums!

Meet the Titanosaur, one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered, in the Museum’s fossil halls. See world-renowned dioramas, the 94-foot-long blue whale, and the stunning Rose Center for Earth and Space, featuring an 87-foot-diameter sphere that appears to float inside a glass cube.

Included in General Admission Ticket:
Inside You: On exhibit through June 16, 2019
Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health. Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any human, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. Your body also contains more microbial cells than human cells. This new perspective leads us to look at our bodies not just as individuals, but as entire ecosystems.

General Admission Plus ONE tickets include:
Admission to the Museum and Rose Center for Earth and Space plus one special exhibition, LeFrak Theater film, or Hayden Planetarium Space Show.

General Admission Plus ALL tickets include:
Admission to the Museum and Rose Center for Earth and Space plus all special exhibitions, LeFrak Theater films, and the Hayden Planetarium Space Show.

Reserve New York City Customer Reviews

7 Reviews
Megan A.
18 Reviews
"Great place to visit!"
May, 2016
This to me is an iconic NYC museum. It's a perfect place for kids to learn about history and offers several floors with so much to see. If your a fan of the movie "Night at the Museum," you will love this place. It's so close to Central Park, you could actually visit this museum and take a stroll through the park.
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Katherine Barr
CA
2 Reviews
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"A Great place to spend time in NYC"
July, 2015
I try and make even a short visit to the Natural History Museum any time i am in NYC. I love this museum as there is so much to see from ancient history to the present. It is a must see place.
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Tip: Buy your tickets online to get a discount.

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Deborah Farren
Elmira, NY
1 Review
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"American Musuem of Natural History"
April, 2015
We took our 8 year old and 5 year old boys to the museum. My 8 year old boy loved the museum and all it had to offer from the Dinosaurs to the Awesome Under the Ocean Exhibit. My 5 year old loved the Night of Museum self guided tour. It was a great adventure for our two boys and it left them talking for two entire days to all their friends.
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Tip: Try to go early in the morning when the musuem opens. Also the ReserveNY e-tickets are to be shown in the same line as the NYC passes. So although you buy them ahead of time it does not guarentee a quick walk in to the musuem.

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Alexandre Costa
Long Island, NY
1 Review
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"American Museum of Natural History"
February, 2015
From dinosaurs to man in space
It's a walk through history,
Amazing creatures, creations and places
To enjoy, to learn, to see!
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Tip: don't hesitate to know this museum

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mindy p.
budd lake, NJ
1 Review
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"Fun day in the city"
February, 2015
We took a 2 year old and had a great time! She lasted longer than I expected! Didn't take a stroller, and not sure you'd be able to maneuver with one anyway. We went the Monday after Christmas which was a mad house, so next time we'll pick a better day. Only down fall was I bought tickets online to save us from waiting in line. Wrong! We had to wait in line for over an hour which was frustrating.
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Tip: Be aware you must exchange ticket on arrival.

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joseph ferguson
CA
1 Review
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"efficency at the museum"
January, 2015
although there was hunder or more people ahead of us in line in took no longer then 25 minutes before I was inside. staff was very efficent and feiendly and went out of their way to make our visit special
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Tip: if you bought tickets online make sure to bring the credit card purchased the tickets with. come refreshed

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Debbie Fitton
UK
1 Review
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"American Museum of Natural History"
January, 2015
I took my 5 year old twins here in December and we all enjoyed it thorughly. There was plenty see and do and we spent the whole day there. It was well worth the money.
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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ramyashrii
"Revisited the Lost world"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
My family and I were fascinated by the amazing display of animals and people dating to prehistoric days- Dinosaurs, to endangered animals, and lost cultures and habitats. Everything looks so realistic that you would think that they are there actually. Kudos to the entire team that has put together this marvellous, amazing display.
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lodoso
Comox, Canada
"Big, noisy, few docents.. could be so much better"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2019 NEW
It was a rainy day so the museum seemed like a good idea. Also since we are fans of the movie and the tie in helped interest the 11 year old. The dioramas and exhibits felt old and literally faded. The flow isn't great. The extra exhibits are just parts of the museum you have to pay extra to access. It was insanely busy so I'd hate to be there in the height of tourist season. We looked for someone to ask directions to Lucy but found no one over two floors and multiple exhibits. Some of the exhibits were so hot we just turned around and left. As we are leaving we asked where we could find Attila the Hun and the first two women didn't know who that was and they asked another person who said there was no Attila exhibit.. really? The movie made the museum more interesting to people.. could they not have an exhibit of the characters? We even read up about him before going. All in all, disappointing. I think it would be great if you were going to research a specific thing. But it is not the best most interactive museum I've been to.
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MayDawn12
Gallipolis, Ohio
"Wonderful "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 21, 2019 NEW
This is a wonderful museum. The only drawback is we saw so little of it in the time that we were there. All day could be spent here, it would be wise to look up a map ahead of time to pick the exhibits you want. Great for animal/bird lovers and those interested in early human development around the world.
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James J
New York
"Remarkable Historical, Scientific, Cultural and Educational Institution"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
A must see for kids and adults. Try to see the show in the planitarium. The dinosaurs will fasinate all ages. Current special exhits are often more interactive
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lindacozz50
Westfield
"Dino Expo"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed March 19, 2019 NEW
Loved the dinosaur experience, as did my grandsons. But the butterflies were fascinating and the kids loved that they would fly and land on you! The museum has some very good and interesting exhibits but the signage is very poor. Alot of wasted time trying to figure out how to get to certain exhibits with the poor signs.
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Frequently Asked Questions about American Museum of Natural History

Is parking available?
Parking is available at our facility conveniently located within the Museum; enter at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. The hours of operation are 8:00 am – 11:00 pm. Fees vary per hour.

What subway stop are you located at?
Take the B (weekdays only) or C to 81st Street. Two blocks west of the Museum, the 1 train stops at Broadway and West 79th Street.

Are cameras allowed?
Except where noted, photography for personal use is allowed with hand-held cameras and with available light or electronic flash attachments. Tripods and lights may not be used. Reproduction or sale of photographs is not allowed without Museum permission. No flash photography is permitted in the Space Theater or in the LeFrak Theater.

Are strollers allowed into the museum?
strollers are permitted throughout the museum, excluding the IMAX and Planetarium theaters and Butterfly Conservatory. Where strollers are not permitted, stroller parking is provided. There are also changing stations in men's and women's restrooms throughout the building, as well as in the family restrooms, located on the first floor.

Do you offer a coat check?
Yes, the coat check is located in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, directly inside the main entrance of the Museum at Central Park West at 79th Street. An additional coat check is located on the lower level of the Rose Center and operates September through March. Coats, umbrellas, and bags may be checked for $2 per person, space permitting.

What items are not allowed?
Visitors are discouraged from bringing large bulky items such as backpacks or luggage into the Museum. Items not accepted in the coat check include perishables, wallets, purses, musical instruments, bikes, computers and other items deemed to be of high value. All articles must be claimed before the museum closes. The museum is not responsible for articles left overnight. The museum reserves the right to inspect any parcel brought into the premises.

Are wheelchairs available?
Wheelchairs are available for visitor use on a first-come, first-served basis at the Will Call desk directly inside the Rose Center/81st Street entrance, at the Main/Central Park West entrance, and in the parking garage. Please bring a form of identification for wheelchair use.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?
All of the Museum's exhibitions are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the Museum can be reached by elevator. All theaters include wheelchair locations and companion seats. The LeFrak Theater also is equipped with chairs that have swing-out armrests for those wishing to sit in a theater seat. All food service areas are accessible by wheelchair with no steps, turnstiles, or other potential obstructions.