American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is both entertaining and interesting for all ages

Entrance to New York's famous American Museum of Natural History
Entrance to New York's famous American Museum of Natural History cc licensed photo by t-mizo

Beyond the dioramas and the blue whale looming over the Hall of Ocean Life, visitors to the American Museum of Natural History can experience interactive exhibits including a life-sized interactive ecosystem that engulfs you in the sights and smells of the Dzanga-Sangha Rainforest, following the Cosmic Pathway through 13 billion years of celestial evolution or mingling with free-flying butterflies in a tropical forest conservatory.

If it's your first visit to the American Museum of Natural History, consider taking a "Highlights Tour" for an overview of the museum collections or a "Spotlight Tour" for a more in-depth experience. iPhone and iPad users can enjoy the free "American Museum of Natural History Explorer" app that serves as both a personal tour guide and in-museum navigation system; additional American Museum of Natural History exhibit apps are available from the iTunes store.

Young children will enjoy being able to touch the exhibits in the Discovery Room and Hall of Planet Earth and all ages can enjoy an IMAX movie or Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium.

Basic admission to the museums permanent exhibits is by donation (their is a suggested amount). To see special exhibitions and view the IMAX or Planetarium shows you must pay a premium on top of the suggested admission. You should give yourself plenty of time to visit the museum; if you are planning to see the shows and special exhibits you may want to allow a full day and even that may seem tight as there is simply so much to see here!

The museum offers several eateries, but a more wallet friendly method of feeding the whole family may be to enjoy a hot dog or giant pretzel from the street vendors on the museum steps.

Nearby attractions include Central Park, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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American Museum of Natural History

Awe and marvel at one of is one of the largest and most renowned museums in the world, The American Museum of Natural History. Both educational and entertaining, this celebrated New York institution is perfect for adults and children alike. From dinosaur bones to far-off galaxies, spend a day and explore the world, past and present. Add this popular Manhattan attraction to your New York itinerary for a day of wonderment you won't soon forget.Voted the Number One Family Attraction in New York City and Third Most Popular destination in the USA by Zagat Survey Family Travel Guide!


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American Museum of Natural History Early Access VIP Tour

See the American Museum of Natural History without the crowds, before it opens to the public. Our museum trained guides will take you on a fascinating tour of the Museum’s treasures.  When the Museum opens to the public after your tour, you’ll have timed tickets to the spectacular Hayden Planetarium Space Show.


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American Museum of Natural History Tour with Private Guide

From dinosaurs to space rocks, The American Museum of Natural History houses some of the world’s most fascinating artifacts. This 2 to 2.5 hour private tour will take you through the 28 buildings that make up this iconic landmark. Your guide will lead you through its halls, explaining its most interesting highlights.


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American Museum of Natural History Small-Group Tour

Interested in traveling through time and space? The American Museum of Natural History is the closest you’ll get without leaving Manhattan! This massive museum houses some of the world’s most curious artifacts. On this 2 to 2.5 hour small group tour (8 participants max), your guide will lead you through its seemingly endless halls, highlighting the must-see displays.


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Private Combo Tour of the Met and American Museum of Natural History

There’s no more efficient or engaging way to experience the best of New York’s museums than on this epic combo tour. Spend a day browsing the art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art before moving to the scientific marvels at the American Museum of Natural History on a private tour. On this 5 hour excursion, your energetic guide will show you the best that these palatial museums have to offer. 


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Combo Tour of the Met and the American Museum of Natural History

Visit two of the Big Apple’s most iconic museums in one day, allowing you to make the most of your time in New York. Join our enthusiastic guide and up to ten guests on this 5 hour small group tour that will explore history, art, and nature’s marvels at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. You’ll have a short break between the two museums to stay comfortable.


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Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM

Address: Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024, USA

Phone: (212) 769-5100

Official Website: American Museum of Natural History

Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
B or C81st Street Station2 minutes
179th Street12 Minutes

How to get to American Museum of Natural History by Subway

Take the B (Weekdays Only) or C train to 81st Street / Museum of Natural History, walk south on Central Park West to the museum entrance on your right. Alternatively, take the 1 train to Broadway and West 79th Street, head southwest on Broadway towards 79th Street, turn left at 77th Street, walk two blocks and turn left on Central Park West.

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Reviews

Rated 4.6 out of 5American Museum of Natural History Star Rating

5 Star Rating One of the most famous museums in the world that must be visited if ever in New York. You can purchase tickets online or if you’d like can simply make a donation of your choosing at the point of entry and that will be your admission charge. You can spend hours within the museum visit each of the wings and exhibits but our primary focus was the dinosaurs. Sadly the T-Rex exhibit was closed when we went due to flooding of some sorts the previous week. Still a fun time overall.

Julian Gonzalez - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating Best place ever. I wish I could live here. There's so much to see I definitely need to go back and see everything again. The space and time exhibit is so cool with the 3D Big Bang simulation. So cool to see all of the African art and artifacts. I wish I lived in NY so I could go all the time !

Christopher T Hill - 12 days ago

5 Star Rating American Museum of Natural History is one of the most famous museums in the world. One can reach by metro, 81st Street station is right below the building. Some of the exhibit entries are free and some are payable. There is  Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Garden for Earth and Space. The temperature within the museum is very cold so it's advisable to carry a light jacket even if it's warm outside.

Nallamai Lakshmanan - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating If you are in NYC you definitely have to go there. I prefer buying tickets online and enter from the back. There is so much to see and we spend a whole day inside the museum. There are enough toilets and good snacks to buy. I really liked it because of the movie with Robin Williams 😁 everything from the movie you can see there as well!! Enjoy!

Robin S. - 24 days ago

5 Star Rating The museum that was made famous by Ben Stiller's Night at the Museum. As with most Natural History museums across the country, there's a ton of science stuff inside this museum. There is an especially large collection of animals exhibits (including human civilizations) at this museum. My favorite is the Hayden Planetarium that runs a show every 30 minutes. Overall, the museum has less science and technology compared to some of the other Natural History museums, but has some of the best animal displays. Depending on your time availability, the general admission + all is probably the best ticket to get for this museum since you WILL be very tempted to do the extra stuff.

John Hsieh - 27 days ago

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This video tour of the AMNH focuses on the beautiful dioramas - but it should be noted that there is far more to see and discover at this great museum.

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