American Museum of Natural History

79th Street and Central Park West, New York City

4.5

American Museum of Natural History, located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, is one of the largest museums in the world. Located in park-like grounds across the street from Central Park, the museum complex comprises 28 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, in addition to a planetarium and a library. The museum collections contain over 33 million specimens of plants, animals, fossils, minerals, rocks, meteorites, human remains, and human cultural artifacts, of which only a small fraction can be displayed at any given time, and occupies more than 2,000,000 190,000 m2. The one mission statement of the American Museum of Natural History is to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe. About five million people annually visit the museum. The halls and exhibitions of the museum include Mammal halls, Hall of Birds of the World, Hall of North American Forests, Human origins and cultural halls, Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites, Fossil halls Etc.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Tue

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Wed

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Thu

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Fri

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Sat

    10:00 - 17:45

  • Sun

    10:00 - 17:45

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Reviews

  • BradJill Travels

    5
    - 25 July 2018 -

    While the art museums make better visits for the adults, the American History of Natural History on the west side of Central Park, is where you go if you've kiddies with you. I think the last time we visited, we spent around 3.5 hours browsing galleries filled with interesting animal, dinosaur bones, human development evolution exhibits which are all very interesting. What we particularly enjoyed at this museum was the Vertebrate Origins program (show) on the 4th floor next to the cafe, followed by our visit to the dinosaur and other extinct animal skeletal exhibits. Like much on display at the museum, this area was not only fun but educational as well.

  • Ruby Hwong

    5
    - 24 July 2018 -

    Always a must do when we're in NYC. You pay what you want. Staff is helpful and courteous. Love the Hall is Biodiversity, North American Mammals, Dinosaurs, and giant Blue Whale. It never gets old. It can get crowded on rainy days. Get the Penny Passport here, it's cheaper than on Amazon! Fun to collect and they have different prints throughout the museum.

  • Jim Carigga

    5
    - 22 July 2018 -

    I been visiting this place since 1999 - it hasn't changed much (and that's great, brings back awesome memories) is a pleasure to bring and invite to explore friends and family. I brought my 5 year old daughter for the very first time and she loved it. One thing I don't like is that is always very crowded. Can't use the elevators because they are always full of people that should be using the stairs instead of the elevators (elevators are more for people with strollers and with little kids and babies - not for your lazy butt). Still, there is so much to see and yet always, so little time. I know that even though I have visited many times, I know there are things I must have missed. That's how big this Museum is.

  • Cassandra Y.

    5
    - 16 July 2018 -

    What a great museum!! Love the exterior, love the architecture! Even though it is always crowded, people coming from different states, different countries. Well organized museum. It is huge!! It will easy to take up a few hours to walk around the whole museum. Very educational and informative!!

  • Arthur Jameson

    5
    - 23 June 2018 -

    There are PLENTY of things to see. There’s so much that it gets overwhelming to try and look at everything. I had to just wander until I found things that interested me. I live the exhibits that were of real things. There was a small ecosystem that was sealed in 1999 and not opened since. It’s very cool to see a self sustaining sphere. I’d highly suggest this place to anyone!!!

  • Avital P.

    5
    - 23 June 2018 -

    One of the iconic places to visit while you are in NYC, and the only (?) museum that can entertain the whole family. Animal scenes set in a look-alive beautiful glass see through niches, statues, fossils and much more. All you can think (and not think) of the animal world and history of world around us. Like the "DumDum" statue from Easter Islands, space exhibitions… you can spend a month here and not get tired. IMPORTANT Recommendation: In cold and very cold winter days if you are wearing thermal boots, come with another pair to replace and wear while you are there – otherwise you will melt. The place is very warmed up.

  • Sharee Jones

    5
    - 18 June 2018 -

    My daughter loves Night at the museum! Brought her here after watching the movies on family night. She didn't want to leave.Wonderful experience. Exhibits were momentous. Can't wait to get her back so we can see the new ones. Mommy love you so much! Cant wait to see you! See you soon.

  • Jay Yoon

    5
    - 11 June 2018 -

    Best museum for children of all ages!! You can spend all day here and more. We loved it so much that we’ve had an annual membership for a few years now. The exhibits are beautiful so is the decor! One of the best things about NYC :)

  • Cristian M. Mureșan

    5
    - 03 June 2018 -

    This is by far the most amazing Natural History Museum I've visited so far. I really consider necessary to visit it multiple times and probably explore 1 or 2 levels once. Otherwise you'll be in a rush to see everything and won't have time to read and learn about the wonderful things displayed. Also recommend visiting the Hayden Planetarium and watching the movie in the huge sphere.

  • aparna chandrachoodan

    4
    - 27 May 2018 -

    The experience at the museum can be great or completely not worth based on what you are looking for. Couple of opinions based on my visit ( to be fair I have only visited once) 1) If you are taking kids along and the main aim is for them to have an informative and curiosity awakening visit , the museum is totally worth it . You can easily spend the entire day there trying to understand the science and history behind the thousands of exhibits and even taking some of the additional specials is worth it . The rest of the points below are all only valid if the target audience is mainly adults 1) We took the all inclusive tickets and covered all the special exhibits and shows . Except for the "Dark Universe " show, all other specials were sort of "meh" 2) Sadly for us , since we spent all our time in the special shows, we couldn't spend much time in the General exhibits but whatever we did see was totally worth it 3) I would recommend taking the general admissions only (and maybe the dark universe special) and expect to spend anywhere from 3 hours to the whole day . Many of the exhibits that we did manage to cover were amazing and something unique

  • Vicky P.

    - 14 June 2018 -

    Pretty cool exhibits here!

  • Shn Juay

    - 09 June 2018 -

    Everything really!!

  • Pil Bisbjerg

    - 28 May 2018 -

    A rainy Sunday is probably not the best day to go, super crowded but absolutely worth the visit. Amazing museum. Download the app inside the museum to purchase your ticket and Easley be guided around.

  • Tiny New York

    - 09 April 2018 -

    Some of the 5 million visitors of the natural history museum each year pass right by the fossil of Hypacrosaurus altispinus, which, at 20in long and 8in high, is the tiniest dinosaur at the museum.

  • Joshefo Jacques

    - 08 April 2018 -

    Dinosaur exhibition is impressive!

  • Vicky C

    - 04 April 2018 -

    Pretty incredible place. I especially liked the dark universe showcase and the dinosaur exhibition upstairs. Great gift shop too.

  • Montserrat L

    - 02 April 2018 -

    Floor 1st, 4th are the must! Use the app in the museum! Really good app, it explains you and it’s a very good option as a map

  • Michelle Buice

    - 25 March 2018 -

    Another one of NY’s greats.

  • Katie J

    - 23 March 2018 -

    Everything

  • Lisa

    - 17 March 2018 -

    Love it. Awesome space for an event. Dancing under the giant whale was fun. Truly a fun place to go, sound sons time with nature. Kids will absolutely love the interactive space.

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