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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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The space tour was very interesting and well as the history of different cultures I enjoy the shark world too
Raheem_S, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Great Way to Spend 3-4 Hours
Michelle_D, Aug 2022
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
We enjoyed the museum very much. We also watched the Wings Over Water show and found it very interesting. We spend about 3.5 hours in the museum. Be prepared for a long line to get in though - even with advance tickets.
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Displays, especially the...
Alton_D, Jul 2022
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
Displays, especially the mammal displays and the space pictures. The map was helpful and the staff was very considerate.
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Great tour guide!
Joseph_J, Jul 2022
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
The whole experience was great and Mark was an amazing tour guide for our group. He was so passionate about the museum and made sure all our interests and questions were met. The trip was worthwhile. Highly recommend!!
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Excellent
Harriet_F, Jul 2022
Admission to Museum of Natural History and Self-Guided NYC Tours
The museum has so much to say to both parents and kids! Seems like it covers everything from human history and dinosaurs fossils to gems and meteorites.
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Our family vacation in NYC
Ashkan_R, Jul 2022
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
American Museum of Natural History was great and we enjoyed all exibitions with my family members, I highly recommend it to all families.
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Great experience to...
Deep_A, Jul 2022
Admission to Museum of Natural History and Self-Guided NYC Tours
Great experience to visit with family and friends. Lines was long but moved quickly, space show was one kind of experience.
star-4
Great Museum for the Kids!
Jocelyn_B, Jul 2022
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
Great place to enjoy animals from all over the world and the dinosaurs are the Best! The line to enter took a little longer but worth the wait.
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My family had a great...
dariko_m, Jun 2022
Met & Museum of Natural History Private Combo Tour
My family had a great time. Highly recommend! Our guide was amazing and very knowledgeable! Great with kids!
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Awesome guide and your
Melissa_P, Jun 2022
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Great tour!!! We were only in New York for the day and my husband. A public educator, wanted to visit the museum. Mark was an excellent guide who showed us all of the highlights and was very knowledgeable and enjoyable to talk with. Strongly recommend him and this tour for anyone who wants to learn about the museum and it’s contents.
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A Great Time at The Museums presented by Mark Venaglia
Luis_G, May 2022
Met & Museum of Natural History Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour - Max 8 People
It was awesome experience. A great way to go through the museums and quickly touch up on a lot of exhibits. Our tour guide Mark Venaglia was the perfect man for the job. He was full of knowledge and energy for the tour. His expertise was greatly appreciated.
star-4
Nice experiente . I Will...
Marcos_M, Jul 2022
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
Nice experiente . I Will share with others to visit . Perhaps with family next year with other atractiins .
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Moving through the museum as a senior
Julia_B, Jul 2022
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
The museum has the most dedicated staff working to ensure that the clients are having a great time. I was assisted, as I am a senior, by so many of the working staff and it was most enjoyable Getting help even when I didn't ask for it.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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