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American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
Manhattan
NY
10024
Tel: 212 769 5100

Directions

The Museum is located at 79th Street and Central Park West and is easily reached by public transportation. The main entrance to the Rose Center for Earth and Space is located at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

Where are we going today?

If you ever wanted to REALLY know how amazing our world is, just head to the American Museum of Natural History to find out!

This New York museum is perfect for the whole family, because not only do they have amazing exhibits that can teach you all about the wonders of the world, but there are also hands-on and interactive exhibits JUST for kids!

The American Museum of Natural History has a number of permanent exhibits (45 to be exact!), as well as travelling exhibitions, that cover a host of fascinating topics!

Kids just LOVE the world renowned Dinosaur Halls, where you can come face to face with some real life dinosaur fossils. Did you ever imagine them so BIG! Don't think our large mammals are all extinct though, because all you have to do is head to the Hall of Ocean Life, and then spot the 94 foot blue whale. Did you know that they are our planet's LARGEST mammals? They are pretty impressive! 

Kids can uncover exactly what our earth is made of with the Earth and Planetary Sciences Halls, with fossils, rocks and gems, and then from inside the earth to above it, you can explore the 13 billion year history of the universe with the Rose Center for Earth and Space!

Of course, we said some parts were JUST for kids, and that's when you head to the Discovery Room! This room is just for kids aged 5 to 12, and feature a more hands-on and interactive experience of the exhibits from the main halls. This way, they can play, learn and explore in their own time, in their own way. 

We haven't even started to go tell you about the exhibits that are constantly changing! From life, spiders, natural history or the universe, you will always find something worth heading back to!

The world is an amazing place...and the American Museum of Natural History will show you just that!

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When can we go?

Open daily from 10am to 5:45pm

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Teachers corner

With tons of exhibits, programs, and classes for students and teachers they're a top educational destination. Lunchrooms decorated with attractive and educational wall graphics are available for school groups..

I'm Hungry!

With 3 cafes and a food court available, you won't have to worry about rumbling tummies during your time at the museum! .

Any Top Tips?

Take a camera!.

Need a little extra help?

The museum is wheelchair accessible, and offers assistance for a hearing and sight disabilities also. .

Can I get one of those?

With a dino stores, a museum shop, an earth & space shop, and a cosmic shop...just to name a few...you won't be short on things to buy! Each shop features it's own collection of goodies!.

More information

Check out the self-guided tours they offer. It's a great way to not miss out on anything! .

What people are saying?

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    Very interesting museum with tons to see. I really enjoyed the dinosaur exhibits, which contained real fossils of a variety of dino species. Very easy to get to, with the subway stop downstairs. Great place to spend a day.

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    Awesome experience every time I went. I really love the butterfly exhibit. Definitely better than the one at the zoo!

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    I easily spent a few hours here and didn't even notice the time flying by. I really enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit... just fascinating! The exhibits on peoples of different civilizations was also amazing. I went on a weekday afternoon and it wasn't too crowded. I was able to take my time perusing at my own pace without feeling like I was getting in people's way.

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    The exhibits in this museum are excellent, they're complete and one of a kind. Although some of the exhibits were falling apart, or required additional funds (on top of the $22 admission) to get into, most of the exhibits were very well done.

    Unfortunately, the museum security was very rude to us. Before the museum closes as 5:45, (A strange time) a ten minute warning is played. We decided to finish looking at the meteorites exhibit, but were immediately ushered out by the pushy security guards before we could even finish reading a placard. The...Read More

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    My 4 year olds loved walking through the major exhibits, especially the huge whale. I hope to take them again as they get older and can appreciate more of the content.

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by Nick DiCecco

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The exhibits in this museum are excellent, they're complete and one of a kind. Although some of the exhibits were falling apart, or required additional funds (on top of the $22 admission) to get into, most of the exhibits were very well done.

Unfortunately, the museum security was very rude to us. Before the museum closes as 5:45, (A strange time) a ten minute warning is played. We decided to finish looking at the meteorites exhibit, but were immediately ushered out by the pushy security guards before we could even finish reading a placard. The security guards weren't even nice about it either, a man in a wheelchair near us was rather curtly told where to exit after he politely asked. I could go on about how annoyed this made us, but I'll leave it at that.

In the end what could have been a great museum experience only left us with a bad taste in our mouths. We will probably visit again someday and hopefully by then the museum fixes its staff issues.

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