American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History
4.5
10:00 - 17:30
Monday
10:00 - 17:30
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:30
Thursday
10:00 - 17:30
Friday
10:00 - 17:30
Saturday
10:00 - 17:30
Sunday
10:00 - 17:30
About
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.
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from €25.87
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
How to get there
  • 81st St – Museum of Natural History • 3 min walk
  • 72nd St • 8 min walk
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  • Pranav Gothoskar
    1 contribution
    A Virtual Tour!
    What if I told you that an hour would be enough time to finish a tour? I went to the Natural History Museum today virtually and spent an hour in close proximity to early humans. I'll visit the butterfly museum on Sunday. Join me!
    Visited December 2022
    Written 29 December 2022
  • Conny Wylie
    Ottawa, Canada740 contributions
    A Spectacular Grouping on the 'Nature of Things'.
    Considered a gem of an Institution by New Yorkers and tourist alike, is the American Museum of Natural History. It possess an innate ability to take things we have only seen in books and movies and brings them to life.....a virtual to reality transformer. It boasts jaw-smashing collections from meteorites to minerals, from prehistoric animals to modern alligators and everything 'nature' in between. I will not forget the gigantic 90 foot long blue whale (a blue Moby Dick) hanging above the Hall of Ocean Life or the awesome view portrayed in the Hall of Dinosaurs featuring the skeleton of a T Rex and a herd of other dinos. My eyes glittered in the sparkling collection of more than 5000 gems housed in the Hall of Gems and Minerals. To add further synergy to the institution, the museum is also home to the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere. A gift shop provides small scale replicas of the exhibits and the museum snuggles up to Central Park.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 10 January 2023
  • Harry A
    Long Island, New York68 contributions
    A classic NYC attraction
    I haven’t been back to the Museum of Natural History since I was a little kid, and I’m glad I finally returned. It looks like I’m going to have to go back again at some point because this place is HUGE! The amount of exhibits they have is amazing, and each one is so thorough that I could’ve spent the whole day in each one. As a matter of fact, I did (I spent about 2 hours just in the “scales of the universe” section alone). The museum is famous for it’s dinosaur exhibit, and rightfully so. Their collection of fossils is really quite impressive. I really enjoyed my visit here. This place is a classic NYC destination. With or without kids, the Museum of Natural History has exhibits that will keep everyone happy (history, nature, science, etc.). Be prepared: if you want to do the museum properly, spend at least a few hours here, if not the whole day. Otherwise, you won’t even come close to seeing all that they have to offer.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 16 January 2023
  • Suman L
    2 contributions
    Great museum but avoid the cafeteria
    AMNH is one of the best museums I have ever visited. And I have visited this museum many times, yet me and my family always feel excited discovering the old things newly. Kid is really fascinated with the dinosaur gallery and gem gallery inside earth science area. For me, the museum is well designed, offers something for every curious mind and the staff are generally courteous. Only downside is the exorbitant price of the food and their vile taste. It's $4/quarter pound of food. So, it will cost $16 if you eat a pound of food. Pretty much everything taste awful.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 19 January 2023
  • prakashY1517BG
    Geneva, Switzerland8 contributions
    World heritage
    Does a place like AMNH really need a review? Brilliant as always. Have been visiting the museum since I was 12 years old, and this place never gets old. World heritage, cultural heritage. Although NYC isn't home anymore, this still remains a prized destination every time I'm there.
    Visited March 2022
    Written 8 February 2023
  • Cari R
    Sterling Heights, Michigan52 contributions
    Beautiful displays, so much to see!
    Plan accordingly, this place is huge! Just went you think you've seen it all, it keeps going. You could easily spend a half day or more here. We purchased tickets ahead of time as recommended on the website and were very glad that we did. For reference, this was a last minute decision for us and we booked online for a 1pm reservation at 12:55. It saved us probably an additional 30 minutes in line! Don't be deterred by the line outside. It moves very quickly.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 February 2023
  • usmboyzzz
    Sontag, Mississippi306 contributions
    a great visit
    Buy your tickets ahead of time. There was a very long line. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the museum. There is so much to see. We particularly enjoyed the planetarium purchase. I would not recommend paying for the Shark exhibit. We were expecting a movie or presentation. It was simply an exhibit that took a few minutes to walk through.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Fran
    10 contributions
    Great day
    A great morning. Go early because there so much to see. Suitable for all ages very well laid out. Book ahead of time and don't forget to book entry time slots as you need to book a time.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 30 May 2023
  • Jacquelynne B
    Tega Cay, South Carolina33 contributions
    Worth every penny! We loved it!
    Oh my!!!! Loved everything about this place!! First…it is massive! So much to see but ya need to prioritize. Five hours flew by! To get there: there is a subway stop that empties right into the museum. Take that!! Don’t miss: Biodiversity wing Planetarium add on Big Bang show We are at Nina’s burritos after!! Skip the cafeteria!!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 2023
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cynthiamargaret22
Sydney, Canada5 contributions
Great museum, we loved the butterfly exhibit.
We visited the dinosaurs and were very impressed.
We had a great day and will definitely visit again
Written 3 December 2023
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Valerie
Cheektowaga, NY1 contribution
1st, very easy to reserve the time and the tickets were easy to pick up inside once we were through security. We spent 4 1/2 hours and still did not see everything. Even laughed out loud when I saw "Night at the Museum" playing on one of the store monitors. Thank you NYC!
Written 2 December 2023
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CarolynNYC
New York City, NY115 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
The Gilder center just opened and has made visiting this museum a lot easier and more fun. Plus, the online ticketing is a gift: if you’re a tri-state resident you can now, finally, enter your zip and do the “pay what you wish part” on the app instead of the previous clunker: get your timed admission but still have to wait inside in line to pay. Visitor? Ok, you’ll pay more for basic admission and a few bucks more for the butterfly exhibit, which you will enjoy, with or without kids. With kids, it’s a must must must see. Whatever, do it all on the museum app, get in quick (early in day is good, but even a recent crowded weekend was fun). Entering through the Columbus Ave Gilder entrance is fun, less people, has a sweet little park winding in front w benches—you can cobble together lunch from food trucks or even a cool green market if it’s there (Sundays, maybe other days as well). Gilder is a huge sculptural addition that makes access to the Gem and Mineral room easy (and it’s dazzling, definitely go right in). There are many fun, family friendly exhibits in the Glider center itself, from the aforementioned butterflies on the 2nd floor (timed admissions), to ant watching on the first floor and much more. I suggest you focus on Gilder/Gems and then scoot up to 4th floor DINOSAURS, the gems of the museum. Everyone loves the naked, hairy little Neanderthals, but like a lot of the old museum, they look taxidermied (it was, after all, Teddy Roosevelt and his shoot ‘em up peers shootin’ ‘em up and bringing ‘em back to end up in dusty dioramas. And Teddy….that’s a whole nother story, as they say, but one can appreciate that he and his family started this wonderful museum and it’s a true treasure).
Written 1 December 2023
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Erika J
Cleveland, OH25 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
This museum has the most fantastic collection of exhibits I have ever seen. The sheer volume of high quality items on view is really staggering. We spent about 4 hours here, but easily could have spent 8 hours in order to see everything. We're big dino fans- they surely have the best and largest collection of bones and fossils in the country, if not the world! (I didn't look this up, maybe I'm wrong)... We also loved the taxidermy displays as well as the indigenous proples displays. They've really just done an incredible job here. We have a membership at our local natural history museum, which is very nice and about to complete an extensive remodel- it really cannot be compared to AMNH. We joked that 5 or 6 of our museum would fit inside here!
Written 27 November 2023
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squealer
Whiteley, UK90 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Really good dioramas that kept my nephews entertained for several hours. Vast displays of animals and dinosaur bones from the site of night at the museum which both had watched before coming to NYC and could relate to what was going on where. We managed to scratch the surface of all that they have on show there
Written 22 November 2023
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proeland
Montrose, Pa16 contributions
Oct 2023 • Friends
We went to Iceland. It was my third trip, so you know I already love this country. This time our guide was from gjtravel. Our tour guide was
Simone de Greef. To say she was exceptional would be an understatement. She gave us so much information about the culture, people and geology of Iceland. I got to see so many things I had not seen on previous trips, including the northern lights. Now while I know she was not responsible for the lights showing up, she was out there with us every night looking. If you're going to Iceland and are interested in a guided trip, by all means look up gjtravel and ask for Simone!!!! It will be the trip of a lifetime!!!
Written 20 November 2023
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soulefultraveler
Sun City West, AZ1,965 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We just loved the gem and mineral wing. Hadn't been here in decades, and this exhibit is breath taking. Also enjoyed the beautiful panoramas and of course the dinos. Only thing: the basement cafeteria was HORRIBLE. Not much selection, poor quality, and high prices. But the museum itself is a must see for anyone!
Written 18 November 2023
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Louis F
Altus, OK999 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
You could easily spend multiple days here and still not see everything. There is something for everyone from natural history to nature.
Written 12 November 2023
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Chan
Bloomfield, NJ466 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
My visit to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) with my 5 and 2-year-old children was a delightful experience. The museum captivated both of my kids, particularly with its impressive collection of ancient dinosaurs. It’s a fantastic destination for children of all ages, offering a blend of education and entertainment.

The dinosaur exhibits were a significant highlight, sparking curiosity and excitement in my children. The museum’s layout and interactive displays are well-suited for young explorers, making it a great educational outing.

In conclusion, if you’re in New York City and looking for an engaging, family-friendly activity, AMNH is definitely worth a visit. It’s an enriching experience for kids and adults alike.
Written 10 November 2023
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kirk w
Philadelphia, PA8 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
best cutesy couple date ever! if you ever want to know what to do with $22.90, you can buy a ticket for here. my boyfriend, luigi, was jumping for joy because he's a big 'night at the museum' fan! i had to give him a sedative to calm him down, he's crazy for owen wilson (LOL)! the experience was unreal but there was one thing we were a bit confused about. we made sure to go at a time when it would be dark outside and the latest tour, this was as we wanted to make sure we saw EVERYTHING as it was in the movie. we searched around and couldn't see ben stiller anywhere, still would recommend to anybody. luigi was very upset with the discovery that none of the displays or statues actually came to life. i had to make it up to him by watching all the movies on loop for 24 hours. i would recommend if anyone was to come here, don't come with the expectation we had as you will be seriously let down and misled. loved it though <3
Written 8 November 2023
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American Museum of Natural History admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost €25.70, while a popular guided tour starts around €8.15 per person.

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