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
We're celebrating 150 years of inspiring the scientist in everyone.

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.

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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

7 Reviews
Megan A.
20 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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Pitupoka
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
"Very interesting place"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2019 NEW
A very big museum, you can spend a whole day here. A perfect place for rainy days... Suitable also for children.
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egorman181818
Barcelona, Spain
"Highlights Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
The highlights tour was 5 stars. The guide, Alan the Dentist, was informative at every level of education, and really kept it interesting. His knowledge was was beyond the tour script. Upon returning home,I googled several of the topics we covered as my interest has increased. I will surely seek him again when I return to the museum.
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eugeniov525
Guanajuato, Mexico
"Jaw dropping "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
The museum is IMPRESSIVE. You walk in to 3 huge dinosaurs which is just a WOW moment. The entrance fee is optional but the T. rex exhibit has a cost. I still recommend to pay the suggest fee of 23 usd cause that place is worth keeping intact for ever. They have dissected animal. Artifacts of every cultural of different times and Dino bones all over which give you chills you imagining them and their sizes. The place is insanely big, so take some walking shoes!
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mjcor
Malabar, Florida
"T-Rex is Waiting!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2019 NEW
Across the road from Central Park on 79th Street, the American Narural Museum is a must - even if you only have a few hours to spare. Entering the 'great hall' is awe inspiring, with a dynasaur 'guaring' the sanctum. Here is the kicker, entrance fee is what you feel like giving to maintain and improve this iconic destination. We made our way through most of the levels, starting with the African exhibition. Having grown up in South Africa, we can attest that the representation of animals and life are accurate and real. Somehow, each of us in a three-person party, found a favorite display. For one, the Space display with a large meteorite was the highlight. For another, The Earth display with vulcano descriptions and real cross sections were fascinating. I could easily have stayed with the pre-historic fossiles. Not everyone is into museums and churches. But this is not one to miss!
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Judy F
New York City, New York
"Iconic NYC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 15, 2019 NEW
The American Museum of Natural History is one of my favs. It is great for all ages. Don't miss the iconic whale and Night at the Museum has made it especially famous. I never get tired f this perfect place
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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.