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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  • Cristian M. Mureșan

    - 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

    - 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

  • Jijo Jose

    - 23 May 2018 -

    It was an amazing experience with this museum. I found a lot of awesome things. But the most mind blowing is the remains of dinosaurs and i feel like an animation movie. All those was like a short film whose episodes are the different ages that included millions of years. If you got a chance to visit this place you should never miss this will feel it after you visit this place.........

  • Debisree Ray

    - 17 May 2018 -

    One of the major attractions in NYC if you love natural history of mankind. Though I got the impression that it’s mostly good for kids. They get to see a lot of fossils and dinosaur skeletons. There is a simulation of growth of human population over time which was absolutely amazing. The Human migration section is really interesting. If you are a student ( make sure to show your id), they usually ask for a ‘suggested’ price of entry, which you don’t need to pay, you can even pay just 1$ and go inside !

  • Kelleigh Chapel

    - 20 April 2018 -

    You cannot go wrong with a visit here. Suitable for anyone aged 5 or up. You can spend a whole day there, exploring, shopping, learning & eating. Easily accessible and next to Central Park. We did experience some issues that were quite uncomfortable and a bummer. The 45 minute wait to obtain our tickets was a nightmare. The lines for the elevators ridiculous. I did like the option of paying what you want. I did not pay the suggested price due to the wait time, as we only had a certain amount of time to visit. We literally ran down stairs to avoid lines and see as much as we could. Would return despite the flaws.

  • Bryan Mestre

    - 15 April 2018 -

    The American Museum of Natural History is famous around the world especially after the Night in the Museum films but it was a bit of a let-down for us . While some of the exhibits are great it feels very dark and not well organized in order to allow you to enjoy those The best part of the museum for us was the Rose Centre for Earth and Space and the planetarium. The Dark Universe theme was both informative and entertaining at the same time. I believe the museum can improve some of the guides so as to allow visitors to enjoy it more during a day visit. While there are a number of tours recommended in the guides none of them is easy to follow. so a lot more can be done in that area ..

  • Kristen Wardell

    - 26 March 2018 -

    I have lived in New York for about five years now and I’ve always wanted to come and visit the Museum of Natural History. I finally visited today And it was everything that I had hoped for!!The only thing that I would suggest is if you are the type of person who just likes to look at the pictures and the statues then you could get through the whole Museum in about three hours, but if you are like me who likes to take time and read then I would suggest you go early because it will take you all day if you really would like to get the whole experience. Another tip is the price for general admission is A suggestive amount. You could pay one dollar to enter and you should not worry about getting nasty looks from the employees because they deal with people paying low amounts on a daily basis. I saw at least five people walk in line who gave a dollar so you could give as much as you like. Overall it’s visually outstanding and very informative . I will definitely go back!

  • Melissa Shaffer

    - 01 February 2018 -

    Clean, well-organized, grand, and just plain awesome. The entrance fee is donation-based. My family and I only had roughly 2 hours to look around so we had to walk fast. Set a plenty of time aside for more relaxed experience. All the age group will enjoy their displays.

  • Nai-Hua Chen

    - 25 January 2018 -

    I would say it's my favorite museum in NY. There are detailed diagrams and models for people especially the kids to understand our nature history. Including biology, cosmology, geology, etc. Definitely fun and very interactive. You can learn a lot with just a day trip there. The only thing I will suggest is that most of them are permanent exhibitions, but I hope for more variety and some more new knowledge and understanding to be displayed.

  • Rahav 'Iggy' Segev

    - 14 January 2018 -

    Such a special & wonderful place we are blessed to have in New York. Have been coming here since I was a child and there are rooms that literally bring me back to my childhood. Particularly the halls with the dioramas of people and animals and the giant versions of a forest floor and sliced section of a Redwood tree. Especially though is the view of the Blue Whale hanging from the ceiling when you walk into the great hall. The thrill I get when I see that never wears off no matter how many times I’ve been there now with my own kids.

  • 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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