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American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City, New York, 10024

The Basics

Visitors can prepurchase a general admission ticket and explore the permanent exhibits as well as the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Alternatively, purchase an upgraded ticket that adds access to space shows in the Hayden Planetarium, IMAX films, and ticketed temporary and seasonal exhibitions, such as the annual Butterfly Conservatory.

To ensure you check off all the must-sees, opt for a guided visit. Choose between family-oriented tours, highlights tours, small-group tours, private tours, and early access tours that allow participants to explore before official opening hours. Some guided tours combine visits to the Natural History Museum with trips to other New York cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Various New York sightseeing and discount passes include admission to the American Museum of Natural History.

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American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
$23.00 per adult
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Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Magical afternoon
Olivia_S, Jan 2022
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Mark was an incredible tour guide. He was attentive and super knowledgeable of the entire museum. He drew connections and really pushed us to think outside the envelope. We left the museum with unforgettable memories!! We love Mark and the AMoNH!! Mark- keep up the good work! Best, the Admirals
star-5
Wondrous world of science
melissa_s, Dec 2021
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
I’m a science teacher and still was overwhelmed by the wealth and quality of the exhibits from the tried and true mammal dioramas to the gorgeous biodiversity, gems and human origins displays.
star-4
I redeeming the entry...
MValliappan_P, Dec 2021
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
I redeeming the entry ticket wasn't smooth, they mentioned we didn't booked entry time(which was not mentioned anywhere before)
star-5
Great day!!
Vivian_A, Dec 2021
Met & Museum of Natural History Private Skip-the-Line Combo Tour
Mark was awesome!! It was a wonderful day learning about art and dinasours. He was very knowledgeable and fun.
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Family guided tour
Dne_B, Dec 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
We enjoyed all the Highlights of the Museum and our Guide informed us with all the details. And we didn’t wait for the entrance.
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Day at the Museum
Mark_L, Dec 2021
Met & Museum of Natural History Private Skip-the-Line Combo Tour
The Museums are fantastic and the guide was extremely insightful instructive and entertaining. Highly recommend. There is a lot of walking so keep that in mind!
star-5
Private Tour/Skip The Line was wonderful.
Peter_P, Aug 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Fantastic museum and tour guide, Jonathan was beyond fantastic !!!! Jonathan's knowledge of The American Museum of Natural History was amazing. At every exhibit, he brought the display to life. Never rushed he took his time explaining and answering questions. Wonderful experience. Highly recommended.
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Robin gave us an amazing...
Tony_A, Dec 2021
Museum of Natural History Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour - Max 8 People
Robin gave us an amazing tour! I would do this tour again and definitely will recommend it to friends and family.
star-5
Jeff was AMAZING!
Jennifer_H, Dec 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Jeff was AMAZING! He was so incredibly knowledgeable - we all learned so much! We had some young adults in our group and he made things fun (ex a great place to take a selfie!)
star-4
Too big.
Theodore_L, Dec 2021
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
It is so big and the hours don't allow a long visit. So plan ahead what you want to see and the rout.
star-5
Definitely recommend having a guided tour.
Rebecca_M, Nov 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
All parts. Robin, our guide, was terrific. She picked out museum highlights that were interesting to all in our group (ages 6 to 70).
star-5
Skip-the-line Met & Museum o Natural history Combo Tour - Semi-Private
RICHARD_O, Oct 2019
Met & Museum of Natural History Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour - Max 8 People
Fantastic tour. Tour Guide Mark kept all of us (6 total on tour) engaged and informed throughout the fairly extensive tours of both museums and a very informative walk through Central Park. Fantastic way of getting introduced to both Museums, and we feel very fortunate to have had Mark Venaglia, through Babylon Tours, as our tour guide. Well worth the cost of the tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The American Museum of Natural History is a must for families.

  • Leave large bags, luggage, and selfie sticks at home, as they are not allowed in the museum.

  • Download the AMNH Explorer App on your smartphone to help you navigate.

  • The museum is fully accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • A food court can be found on the museum’s lower level, while cafés are situated on the first and fourth floors.

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How to Get There

Parking in NYC is expensive, so it’s best to come here by public transport. Ride the B or C subway lines to 81st Street, or the 1 train to Broadway and West 79th Street. Hop-on hop-off bus tours of New York also stop here.

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When to Get There

The museum is very popular among families, so expect bigger crowds on weekends, school vacations, and rainy days. Plan to arrive early and head directly to the more popular exhibits, such as the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing, which tends to get busier as the day goes on.

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Highlights of the Collection

Of all the exhibits at the museum, few are as popular among young visitors as the dinosaurs. Highlights include the Allosaurus, depicted hunched over and feeding on a carcass, and a Tyrannosaurus rex shown in stalking mode. Other standout displays include the animal dioramas at the Family Hall of North American Mammals, the Asian elephants at the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, and the 94-foot-long (29-meter-long) blue whale model suspended from the ceiling at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

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