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
  • Self guided tour.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • 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
Voted #1 attraction in New York City by Zagat Survey "U.S. Family Travel Guide"! Included with your ticket: Rose Center for Earth and Space and 45 permanent exhibition halls featuring world-renowned dioramas, the 94-foot-long blue whale, and dinosaur halls. Don’t miss features in the LeFrak IMAX theater, with screenings in spectacular Digital 3D and 2D film, or the stunning new Hayden Planetarium Space Show Dark Universe.

Special Exhibitions and Giant Screen Film include:

MUMMIES
March 20, 2017 - January 7, 2018
SEE 19 RARELY SEEN MUMMIES IN THIS EXHIBITION. Mummies offers an up-close look at one of the largest collections of mummies housed in North America. From ancient Egypt to pre-Columbian Peru, the exhibition explores the intersection between societies, their environment, and the preparations they made for their dead.

The Butterfly Conservatory - Butterflies Alive in Winter
October 7, 2017 - May 28, 2018
This exhibition, an annual favorite, features up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include
iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies.

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience
November 20, 2017 - January 6, 2019
We get to know our world through some or all of our senses—sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste—but they’re just parts of a much larger puzzle. The highly experiential exhibition Our Senses delves into how our brains work with sensory organs to shape our perceptions and reveals how, until recently in our evolutionary history, humans have been oblivious to nature’s other crucial signals, including UV light, infrared sounds, and electrical fields. Highlights include a virtual garden to explore through the eyes of a bee or a snake; an audio-collage challenging visitors to test their skill at
tracking individual sounds; illusions that make flat surfaces seem rippled; a variety of tactile experiences that activate different kinds of nerves; and a smell test inviting visitors to guess the ingredients in a complex scent.
Other areas of the exhibition will explain how our senses and brain work together to create our perception of “reality” by filling in gaps, resolving conflicts, correcting errors, and using scraps of information to trigger memories. A live presenter will examine how the senses and worldviews of other species differ from ours and what’s truly unique about
human perception, including sensory integration and appreciation of art and music.

Earthflight
Giant Screen Film | 3D and 2D
September 15, 2017 - March 8, 2018
Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett, Earthflight is a totally immersive experience, taking the audience on an incredible flight across the world on the wings of birds.  Filmed in four continents and 11 countries, the film took four years to make. Revolutionary aerial techniques and state-of- the-art 3D cameras deliver the reality of flight as viewers join a variety of different avian species on their seasonal journeys. The audience will discover the fascinating science of flight: how they maneuver simultaneously in flocks a million strong; manage immense journeys; navigate across whole continents, and collaborate with other animals to find food.

Museum Highlights include:
  • The Hayden Planetarium Space Theater uses advanced visual technology to create shows of unparalleled sophistication, realism, and excitement.

  • Rose Center for Earth and Space is included with admission.

  • The Museum's renowned fossil halls feature the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the world.

  • A 94-foot-long blue whale model presides over the immersive Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

  • The dioramas in the Museum's Mammal Halls are among the most renowned in the world.


Tickets available are Museum General Admission, which supports the Museum's scientific and educational endeavors, includes admission to all 45 Museum halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space. General Admission ticket does not include special exhibitions, giant-screen film, or Space Show.

Museum 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.

Also available are SuperSaver tickets that 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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Cindy R
Indonesia
"Need more time in this place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2017 NEW
My visit here was kind a rush. Intended to go to central park but it was raining so we decided to go here instead. Took a free private tour, but didn't finish it due to the next schedule which was broadway. This is a big museum, lots of chambers and plenty to see and learn. A good activity for children though. Overall was great, i would love to come back here again with more time to spend.
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Claire M
Cleveland, Ohio
"Some area nice and others dated."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2017 NEW
I was really hoping for more. The map could have been more detailed to what was in each area. The signage to the different areas could have been better. Kinda felt lost most of the time. My kids thought it would be more like the movie Night at the Museum. They we a little disappointed.
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HoyBey
Tenby, Wales, United Kingdom
"Awesome "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 16, 2017 NEW
I love history so this was on the top of my list to do as soon as I got here. I could have spent all day here so many things to see. If you pay a little extra you get to see extra attractions. We picked the space show which was AMAZING and worth the extra dollars. I can’t tell you anymore just go and see for yourself you will not be disappointed.
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Samantha M
Ormond Beach, Florida
"Very informative and just a great place to visit."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 16, 2017 NEW
It is so amazing to see everything here. You need several hours to see it all. It’s so big I’m not sure I saw everything. Nothing like the movie night at the museum. Bring your walking shoes is all I can say and make sure they are comfortable.
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TXMARTINS
Seattle, Washington
"Amazing for all ages!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 15, 2017 NEW
With so many different areas for people of all ages to explore, this is a great museum to see everything from the butterfly exhibit to many full scale dinosaurs. The reality of the stuffed animals is exquisite & excited our child beyond almost anything to see elephants and giraffes that close & that looked so real. Tip: You will need more than one trip to see everything and read everything so focus on the areas you most want to see first!
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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.