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

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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.

New Exhibitions 2017:

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
On view through May 29, 2017. Returning: October 7, 2017-May 28, 2018

¡CUBA!
ON VIEW THROUGH AUGUST 13, 2017
This exhibition showcases Cuba’s rich biodiversity, as well as the island’s culture and life—including art, music, spiritual traditions, celebrations, food, and farming. A long, open boulevard evoking the street life one might find in a Cuban city will invite visitors to stroll, sit, and discover Cuban culture through music, dance performances, and a variety of interactive experiences.

Humpback Whales
Giant ScreenFilm¦3D and 2D
March 3, 2017?September 14, 2017
Narrated by Ewan McGregor, Humpback Whales is an extraordinary journey into the mysterious world of one of nature’s most awe-inspiring marine mammals. Set in the spectacular waters of Alaska, Hawaii and Tonga, this ocean adventure offers audiences an up-close look at how these whales communicate, sing, feed, play and take care of their young.



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.
16 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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Will W
"So much to see"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
This museum simply blows the Natural History Museum in London. The displays are fantastic, and are so immersive, you find yourself being impressed by the artwork. Each room is styled to reflect what is one display, so if you're in the ocean area (with the blue whale), the room is a dark blue to reflect the ocean etc. The dinosaur exhibit is outstanding, and you easily spend a lot of time following and reading the displays. You can easily spend a whole day at this museum, and I feel you would only be scratching the surface.
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peterawiri
Auckland Region, New Zealand
"Dinosaurs!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
New Zealand doesn't have real dinosaur bones for public display, so in some ways Ive waited my whole life to see what the AMNH has to offer, and it didn't disappoint for a natural history buff like me. Took hundreds of photos of all they have. Would love to spend more time studying what they have there. Easy enough to get to via subway to 80 something street, then a quick walk over to Central Park and there it was. Queuing not so bad there, and good you're left alone to wonder once you're in. Great to take children to I'd imagine for learning benefits.
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Michelle M
Surfers Paradise, Australia
"Wonderful and informative "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
This sprawling museum really needs a plan and map to navigate it . I enjoyed the 3D film on humpback whales And the stuffed animals need interaction like animal sounds /the Indiginous people display behind glass really needs updating - I ate in the cafe good fresh food pay by The pound but you don't know what the weight is till the till- I would not rush back..
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Jennifer R
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
"Excellent first visit "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
We didn't schedule anything for Sat so we could take our time touring the Museum. We were pleased with the ease kiosk ticket purchase since we didn't buy prior to our visit. I downloaded the app and found it confusing attempting to find a restroom but helpful getting additional information on exhibits.
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marsha d
Cullman, Alabama
"Quick trip to NYC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2017 NEW
We enjoyed the Asian history section so much it was definitely a wealth of information and items. Definitely a must see especially if you have never been to the Smithsonian in DC.
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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.