A 94-ft long blue whale model at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC
A 94-ft long blue whale model at the American Museum of Natural History, NYC

American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park West, Manhattan, New York City, New York, 10024

The basics

Purchase general admission American Museum of Natural History tickets to explore the permanent exhibits and 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.

Guided American Museum of Natural History tours are great for checking off all the must-sees. 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 cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). Various New York City sightseeing and discount passes include admission to the museum.

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American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
American Museum of Natural History Admission Ticket
$28.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great time!
Easy entry - no issues & glad I bought in advance- thank you! Very long line to get in - but it moved pretty quickly thanks to having enough staff. We did not tour just followed our own path which is how we preferred.
Carolyn_W, Apr 2024

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.

  • If you have kids and your days are booked, spend the night at the museum on organized sleepovers.

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How to get there

The museum is in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City. Parking in NYC is expensive, so it’s best to arrive on 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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The American Museum of Natural History highlights

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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