American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY

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

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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 is available for a fee.
  • Coat check offered for a fee.
  • The 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.


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Discover the world's largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the American Museum of Natural History’s renowned fossil halls, which also house Tyrannosaurus rex and Apatosaurus mounts and a 122-foot-long cast of a titanosaur, a recently discovered enormous herbivore that lived between 100 and 95 million years ago in the forests of present-day Patagonia.

See the largest leafcutter ant colony in the U.S., live butterflies, and more in the new Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation building.

Visit the magnificent Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals which contain more than 5,000 minerals, including enormous amethyst geodes and colorful minerals.

Enjoy the immersive Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, which showcases models of more than 750 animals, and allows visitors to explore aquatic ecosystems.

Explore marine ecosystems in the immersive Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, featuring models of more than 750 animals, including the iconic 94-foot-long, 21,000-pound model of a blue whale.

Don’t miss the world-renowned habitat dioramas in the Hall of North American Mammals, Hall of African Mammal Halls, and others, which depict specific locations throughout the world.

Learn about the evolutionary story of the human family in the Hall of Human Origins.

Explore the 13-billion-year history of the universe in the galleries of the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium.

American Museum of Natural History Reviews

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Kelsi J.
Colorado Springs, CO
27 Reviews
"Day at the Museum"
September 2023
I loved this museum! It lives up to its reputation and deserves a spot on everyone's NYC itinerary. It wasn't too crowded, and the line to get into the museum moved quickly. There is an exhibit for everyone to enjoy! From outer space to the Serengeti. Plus, there are several recognizable areas from movie scenes.
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collierville, TN
1 Review
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"Great Museum"
July 2023
A must visit place in New York
Museum of natural history!!
Not only children, but also adults like to visit. The field is broader and more exciting than I thought.
It was even better because I bought the admission ticket cheaply from tripster.
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Megan A.
19 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
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
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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Frequently Asked Questions about American Museum of Natural History

Is parking available?

Parking is available at their facility conveniently located within the Museum. If you're coming from the parking, you will be entering at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. The hours of operation are from 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 the Museum's 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 at the 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 visitors to 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 seating 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.