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

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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

3 Star Rating Very cool exhibits, just run quite poorly. Employees clearly don't care and let too many people into each exhibit. For example I went into the butterfly exhibition with my lady friend and there were so many people in there we were squished like sardines. They also let people stampede into the planetarium rather then organize it in any way. Overall it's worth going if you haven't been but try and go during an off time like early during the week

Matt Frangipane - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Super big and extremely interesting. They have four floors to explore, and very detailed display. Unfortunately I was there one hour before they closed, but I still rushed through a good amount of the exhibits. Wish I didn't have to do that. You don't have to pay a lot money to go in. They have this name your price tickets, and the girl who helped me was so friendly, I couldn't believe I was in Manhattan New York. Will come again.

Ying Su - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating I loved the place when I visited in Sep-16. The staff was really helpful in guiding which ticket to buy based on what I can cover in 2 hours before it closes at 5:30 PM. The nearest subway station does not have a cash counter. The installed ticketing machines did not support my cash or card but only coins. If you do not have coins to buy the ticket or subway card, you might have to walk to another subway station (around 10-15 min walk) to get the ticket. Not sure if things have changed now.

RADHA KRISHAN ARORA - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating I have been a member of the Natural history museum since 2000 when the brand new state of the art Hayden Planetarium and the Rose Center for Earth and Space opened. I loved going there as a kid with my friends and family. It is really wonderful to have this incredible cultural institution on the Upper West Side where I live in Manhattan. One of my favorite areas of the museum is the Hall of North American mammals. It always feel like you’re really at those places and you can escape from the noisy crowded city outside. The dioramas of the environment settings displayed in that room and elsewhere are truly a masterpiece of art and natural science together.

Noah Langford - 17 days ago

5 Star Rating Lovers of science, rejoice! The dinosaur exhibits here are so fascinating. I also enjoyed the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, where I was able to admire a family of elephants, as well as the hall of marine life, where I marveled at a life-sized whale. The staff were so helpful at giving directions where I needed them. My daughter had a great time here during our visit, even though it was very crowded. We will definitely be back to see other exhibits.

John Pham - 1 month 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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