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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: American Museum of Natural HistoryFee: From: $31.40 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
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!
Free Entry with a New York City Explorer Pass
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- 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
200 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 769-5100
Peter D. Jul-07-2020
This has long been one of my favorite museums anywhere. (I'm told that when I was a little kid, I referred to it as the Dead Zoo. Which makes me feel... Read More
Nash W. Jun-04-2020
Today I spent about 4 hours in the museum. The- Oceans: Our Blue Planet big cinema 3D film is worth the trip alone. I wish it was twice as long. The... Read More
Terry B. Apr-27-2020
Another midtown museum that has had us as members for a lot of years. Like its sister institution on the other side of the park, this museum is far too big... Read More
Accommodations near American Museum of Natural History:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|B or C||81st Street Station||2 minutes|
|1||79th Street||12 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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