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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, the American Museum of Natural History spanning four city blocks 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.
  • Hayden Planetarium Space Show Dark Universe.
  • 45 permanent exhibition halls.
  • World-renowned dioramas.
  • 94-foot-long blue whale.
  • 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.

The newest must- see exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History is Titanosaur, a 122-foot-long dinosaur found in Patagonia, Argentina. It is to date the largest dinosaur ever known, and you can only see him here at AMNH!

¡CUBA!, A new exhibition about the island’s rich biodiversity and culture, will open at AMNH on November 21, 2016! ¡Cuba! will explore the extraordinary biodiversity across the island’s remote forests, deep caves, expansive wetlands, and dazzling reefs through immersive exhibits that have been developed with colleagues at MNHN. In addition, the exhibition will highlight Cuba’s culture, its peoples, and its history.

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.
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
Verified Traveler
"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.
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.
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!
Tip: don't hesitate to know this museum

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mindy p.
budd lake, NJ
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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.
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
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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normabenavides
"Wonderful and huge!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2017 NEW
There is just so much to see that we couldn't finish in one day. The exhibits are awesome. The attention to detail is impressive. My kids had a great time and we didn't even see half of what there is to see. You definitely need a couple of days to see everything.
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Pasha D
"American Museum of Natural History"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2017 NEW
For me this museum is not as great as Metropolitan, but it is also very interesting and huge! I would recommend to start from dinosaurs exhibitions - I think this is the most exciting exhibition here.
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ethan k
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
"Boring!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2017 NEW
We followed all the hype to go here when we arrived in New York. We paid for an extra show as well which was very interesting, we don't the space experience. But in term of looking around the museum most of the stuff is replica of the originals, and virtually nothing is interactive!! Unless you like tons of reading, rather than somewhere fun to take the kids where they can learn fun facts, I would give this a miss.
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Kena D
"Amazing!! Must see for the entire family!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2017 NEW
I highly recommend this museum to anyone in the NY area. I did not realize that the museum was as large as it was and I did not dedicate enough time to see the everything. Plan for a full day or two with a lot of walking if you plan to take your time and see the entire thing. Take a camera that performs well in low light situations because you WILL want to take pictures.
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Cathy C
"Museum of natural history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2017 NEW
Another must see if you are in NYC. Hours of exhibits to see and something for everyone. A great way to spend a day, especially if the weather outside isn't good for outdoor activities. It can get very crowded at times, especially on weekends.
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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 8am – 11pm. 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 in 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.