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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
Traveler Favorite
The museum is wonderful.
The museum is wonderful, too much too read. The museum is large there were hardly no staff on floors to ask questions of or guide you to areas you want to see.
Dillon_P, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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.
star-5
excellent
Carolina_T, Jun 2021
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
I love this place and very good all the areas my favorite is the dinosaurs 🦕 ❤ everything was very clean
star-5
Worth the Money!
kentennis, Sep 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Johnathan was an excellent tour guide. There were just 2 of us. This museum has so much history and Johnathan gave us lots of museum history & stories which really helped us understand the exhibits that have been created in this amazing museum.
star-4
Great museum.
Susan_w, Aug 2021
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
Quick reminder you do have to turn in your voucher for tickets. Easy process and line was relatively short. Took about 5 minutes. You also have to go to the museum website to secure a entry time. I would check the museums website for tickets since you have to do so for a entry time anyway.
star-5
One of our trip’s highlights
Margaret_T, Aug 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
The tour of the MNH was one of the highlights of our trip. We got to skip the lines and be toured by someone who knows the museum really well and who took us through it very easily. Robin was great… we really enjoyed our time with her!
star-5
Museum
PROCORO_M, Jul 2021
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
The dinosaur and gem exhibit and sea lion show was amazing the costum of people back and what they used
star-5
Great
Ricardo_L, Jul 2021
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
Big museum and every floor has their particularities. Very educational and has a lot of stuff to understand what we are trying to see
star-5
Great experience!
Cybele_C, Jul 2021
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
No problem associated with checking in at the museum purchasing tickets through Viator. I’ll definitely use them again.
star-5
Wonderful tour
Tracy W, Dec 2019
Met & Museum of Natural History Private Skip-the-Line Combo Tour
Our tour guide Mark was a delight and unbelievable knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour and him to everyone!
star-5
Skip-the-line Met & Museum o Natural history Combo Tour - Semi-Private
boaterboys, 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.
star-5
Our tour guide Jared was very...
George F, Aug 2017
Met & Museum of Natural History Private Skip-the-Line Combo Tour
Our tour guide Jared was very knowledgeable and willing to customize the tour to our wishes. He made for a very enjoyable and day at both museums.
star-5
Grat
Rosa_B, Jul 2021
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
Amazing museum. Me and my girlfriend enjoyed the experience. Easy to check out at the point the confirmation.

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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