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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elmstaylor
Walsall, United Kingdom
"Good value for money"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
We used the New York City pass to get the tickets. We went around mid day and there was a 45 minute queue. We spent about 2.5 hours there and could have stayed longer. Floor 4 with the dinosaurs is the highlight.
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mrslaurag86
Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom
"Great exhibits in this museum "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
This museum was a real surprise , lots of different sections to it and the exhibits were really well done. We went with kids age 11 10 and 7 and they all enjoyed
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scottw166
Aston, United Kingdom
"A night at the museum??"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
Came in from the subway entrance and was confused from that moment on We were given a map which helped a bit Managed to see it all but some of it more than once due to the layout Still very interesting and educational a nice visit while in NY
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MoShoEli
Los Angeles, California
"Download the AMNH Explorer app!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2019 NEW
This museum is just fantastic. From the subway station mosaics to the imposing entrance to the quotations of Roosevelt in the central rotunda. Every thematic "Hall" has wonderful dioramas. As young children gasp at the animals on display, spend a moment to admire the beautiful landscapes painted in every diorama. Each one is a masterpiece capturing the natural habitats of each species. An added level of adventure is to download the AMNH Explorer app, so that kids can look for displays making the entire expedition into a treasure hunt. My children took their iPads and not only did they take pictures of their favorite displays, they were able to get on to the free Wi-Fi and lead us around the museum. The butterfly conservatory is sure to put a huge smile on your face. A bonus of the explorer app is that they have scientists explaining various species and scientific discoveries.
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SchwejzBand
"Adventurous Learning Experience :)"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2019 NEW
It was a different world, or better say worlds. So much offered, you can't stop exploring, enjoying. Big adventourus playground for adults and kids. with lot to see, perceive and learn
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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.