Awe and marvel at one of is one of the largest and most renowned museums in the world, The American Museum of Natural History. Both educational and entertaining, this celebrated New York institution is perfect for adults and children alike. From dinosaur bones to far-off galaxies, spend a day and explore the world, past and present. Add this popular Manhattan attraction to your New York itinerary for a day of wonderment you won't soon forget.

Voted the Number One Family Attraction in New York City and Third Most Popular destination in the USA by Zagat Survey Family Travel Guide!
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  • Min price: $22.99
  • Recommended duration of visit: 1 hour
  • Departure Point: The American Museum of Natural History

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  • General admission ticket for American Museum of Natural History
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  • This super saver ticket includes general admission ticket for American Museum of Natural History plus all special exhibitions, giant screen 3D and 2D films, and the Hayden Planetarium Space Show
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    • All entrance fees included
    • Family friendly
    • Ideal choice for families
    • Editor's Pick
  • Operates: Daily
  • Itinerary: Sample of the Permanent Halls (included for all visitors) Akeley Hall of African MammalsSince its opening in 1936, the hall has been considered one of the world's great museum displays with 28 dioramas in this hall depicting some of the many animals and habitats of Africa. All the animals have been reconstructed with such scientific accuracy and detail that they appear astoundingly lifelike. It was named after Carl Akeley (1864-1926), the explorer, conservationist, taxidermist, sculptor, and photographer who conceived of, designed, and collected for this hall.Spitzer Hall of Human Origins Opened in 2007, it is the first major exhibition to present, side by side, the mutually reinforcing evidence of the fossil record and cutting-edge DNA research. The hall covers millions of years of human history, from the emergence of our earliest ancestors through the evolution of our own species. It presents a fascinating mix of fossils, film, interactive media, life-size tableaux, ancient artifacts, and more. Milstein Hall of Ocean Life Newly renovated, the hall is now a 29,000 square-foot (2,694 square meters) fully immersive marine environment with high definition video projections, interactive computer stations, and eight new ocean habitat displays. Be dwarfed by the celebrated 94-foot (28.6 m) blue whale, one of the Museum's star attractions, floats in a "virtual ocean" created through dramatic lighting, video and sound effects. The Andros Coral Reef, a two level diorama containing 40 tons (36 metric tonnes) of coral, allows a unique view of this ecosystem above and below the water. The Titanosaur The newest and largest dinosaur in the permanent collection. The latest must-see exhibit at the Museum: The largest dinosaur ever discovered, a cast of a 122-foot-long titanosaur.Special Exhibitions and Attractions Included with the Supersaver Ticket Our Senses: An Immersive Experience: November 20, 2017–January 6, 2019We get to know our world through some or all of our senses—sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste—but they’re just parts of a much larger puzzle. The highly experiential exhibition Our Senses delves into how our brains work with sensory organs to shape our perceptions and reveals how, until recently in our evolutionary history, humans have been oblivious to nature’s other crucial signals, including UV light, infrared sounds, and electrical fields.  Unseen Oceans: March 12, 2018–January 6, 2019Oceans explores our blue planet’s defining feature—the world ocean—as revealed through 21st-century technology. Visitors to the exhibition will meet the elusive giants of the sea, including whales, sharks, giant squid; sink beneath the waves in a virtual submersible theater; and marvel at the vivid fluorescence displayed by marine creatures but invisible to us . . . until now. And they’ll leave with a deeper awareness that the future of the planet depends on the future of the ocean. The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter: October 7, 2017–May 28, 2018This exhibition, an annual favorite, features up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Inside You: June 24, 2017–June 16, 2019Inside You explores the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health. Our bodies are home to many trillions of microbes, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms collectively called the human microbiome. In any human, microbial genes outnumber the genes in human DNA by more than 100 to one. Included in General admission Earthflight: September 15, 2017–March 8, 2018Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett, Earthflight is a totally immersive experience, taking the audience on an incredible flight across the world on the wings of birds.  Filmed in four continents and 11 countries, the film took four years to make. Amazon Adventure: March 8─September 14, 2018Amazon Adventure tells the science adventure story of Henry Bates and his extraordinary 11-year journey through the Amazon as a young man in the 1850s. Although unknown to the general public, he made crucial contributions to evolutionary biology. While identifying 8,000 species new to science, he discovered the phenomenon of “Batesian” mimicry and provided the “beautiful proof” for what is widely considered the most important scientific explanation of the development of life on Earth – natural selection.Space Show - Hayden planetariumDark Universe: narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson Celebrate the pivotal discoveries that have led us to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe and our place in it—and to new frontiers for exploration.
  • Inclusions:
    • General admission
    • Access to permanent exhibits
    • Access to the Rose Center for Earth and Space
    • Hayden Planterium Show (with Super Saver option only)
    • Giant screen film in 3D or 2D (with Super Saver option only)
    • Special Exhibits (with Super Saver option only)
  • Exclusions:
    • Food and drinks
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Space shows are every 30 minutes from 10:30am to 4:30pm daily
    • Visit The American Museum of Natural History before noon on weekends to avoid the crowds
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Reviews

  • Lester Lim C

    5
    - 24 February 2018 -

    one of the best museum

  • Mark R

    4
    - 20 February 2018 -

    Arrive early as the ticket you receive from Viator is only a voucher and you have to join the ticket office queue. Very busy with very loud school children - otherwise excellent.

  • Virginia B

    5
    - 12 February 2018 -

    This is one of my fav museums in the city for kids.

  • Rell

    4
    - 01 February 2018 -

    I'm not really into Museums but this was a must visit

  • doc.awaissaeed

    4
    - 26 January 2018 -

    The museum is great and beyond expectations. Definitely a must visit for anyone visiting new york but the stupidest thing is that you buy online ticket visa viator to get past the huge lines but we have to wait more than an hour to again exchange the voucher for a ticket which is beyond stupid and I never faced this type of thing while with viator when booking anything in Europe so!

  • g.madriss

    5
    - 20 January 2018 -

    The trip was wonderful and well balanced with all the activities. It was well worth my afternoon visit and I learned a lot.

  • g.madriss

    5
    - 20 January 2018 -

    The trip was wonderful and well balanced with all the activities. It was well worth my afternoon visit and I learned a lot.

  • Debbie P

    5
    - 22 December 2017 -

    This was better than I even imagined

  • 5
    - 04 December 2017 -

    This museum never disappoints, and is a great stop for all travelers young and not so young. Planetarium is a must do!

  • tyler.autry

    5
    - 04 December 2017 -

    This museum never disappoints, and is a great stop for all travelers young and not so young. Planetarium is a must do!

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