American Museum of Natural History

79th Street and Central Park West, New York City


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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  • Jennifer Higdon

    - 08 September 2018 -

    Overall, we really enjoyed the museum. We were disappointed that so many of the older display cases were not lit; they were black and impossible to see. Would it be so difficult to replace the light bulbs? We didn't pay for any of the extra exhibits, we were kept busy with everything that was included in the admission price. We chose to pay the actual admission price, even though the person at the ticket counter explained that we could pay what we wanted to. Perhaps if more people paid the full price, they could afford to keep the cases lighted! The Fossil Halls were much newer looking than the older sections, with lots of great information about the displays. Like most tourist attractions, the food was expensive and not very good. We had turkey sandwiches on rolls that at first glance looked like they'd be good, but the rolls were hard and the turkey was dry. Despite the draw-backs, we are very glad we devoted time to the museum during our trip to New York.

  • William Stratto

    - 28 August 2018 -

    Without a doubt my favorite museum. I've been going there with my dad since before I was potty trained and it still gives me the same feeling of awe when I visit now that it gave me back then. As a matter of fact I still feel like I've got a load in my shorts every time I set eyes on that great big blue whale hanging from the ceiling. It reminds me of how fortunate I am to not have children of my own so I'll never have to change anyone's diapers...

  • Shannon Cherry

    - 16 August 2018 -

    I wasn’t overly impressed. Normally, I love museums, but I didn’t find anything spectacular here. Perhaps, it’s because I live in the city of the Royal Ontario Museum which is far more impressive. They allow you to pay what you can afford which I quite liked, especially as it allows for young crowds to access. If you’re going to be in NYC for a while or you’ve visited before and this is the last thing to do, why not. Museum time is not wasted time...however if you’re trying to crunch in as much as possible, leave this place out and visit the MET instead. The location is great and if you’re still planning on visiting, regardless of my lukewarm review, make sure to add Central Park to your day.

  • Dian Chen

    - 15 August 2018 -

    Never got to see the inside. The sassy security lady did a “go away” hand gesture as soon as she saw my suitcase (I was catching a flight later that night, but really wanted to see the collections while I’m in town). I asked nicely if there’s any other solution, because I won’t get a chance to come back in a while. She answered with “yeah, take it outside” and a finger snap. I understand the policy but all that attitude was not necessary.

  • Sascha Bragard

    - 01 August 2018 -

    Simply: One of the best museums of natural history in the world. Plan at least one day for your visit, to see the whole exhibition. Plan even more time, when you like to see the movies in the theaters and the special exhibitions. Top and amazing is the Dinosaurs Exhibition. It's always very crowded. Take a museum map for orientation. Have a break: There is a food concourse on the lower level and a lunch zone for schools. Or go to "Cafe on 4".

  • Eva Km

    - 01 August 2018 -

    This is the museum that has been in my most-want-to-visit places in NYC for years! It's located near Central Park and has its own subway station (81st street). It's everything that I had imagined before. Dinosaurs everywhere (also in the main hall) and three large exhibition chambers on other floors. I could only be envious of New Yorkers for having this museum in their city, I wish Copenhagen would do the same. They have so many exhibitions on animals (and even people/culture *ahem*) that it would take maybe a week to go through everything. They also have special (extra fee) exhibition that we didn't go because we didn't have so much time. You could truly learn a lot just by spending a day (or two) in this museum. This is a must visit place when you're a bit nerdy like me and happen to visit New York City. There's no other place as great as this!

  • BradJill Travels

    - 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

    - 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

    - 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.

    - 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!!

  • 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 -


  • 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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