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The American Museum of Natural History (often abbreviated to AMNH) was founded in 1876 and is one of the most popular and largest natural history museums in the world. Featuring exhibits on plants, animals, fossils, minerals, meteorites, and human biology and culture, there’s something to intrigue every visitor! The museum has over 5 million visitors annually, so book your tickets in advance to skip the long lines!
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4 tips for visiting the American Museum of Natural History

Dinosaur at the American Museum of Natural History | Photo: Flickr, Don DeBold - CC-BY 2.0
If you don’t have time to explore in depth, and you don’t know where you should start, consider joining a free tour! Museum Highlight tours are in English and start daily at 10.15 am, 11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 1.15 pm, 2.15 pm, and 3.15 pm. Tours are also available in Spanish, Chinese, French, Hebrew, and Italian, hours and dates vary.
American Museum of Natural History | Photo: Flickr, Shinya Suzuki - CC-BY 2.0
If you’re planning to visit the museum without a tour, why not download the Explorer App from the Museum of Natural History! It’s available on iOS and Android. It includes an interactive map, the chance to book tickets for special exhibitions and shows, and detailed information and quizzes about the exhibits.
You’ll find experts called Fossil Explainers on the 4th floor and Earth and Space Explainers throughout other exhibitions all day at the weekend and on weekday afternoons. Ask them any questions you can think of about the exhibits and they’ll be able to answer!
If you’re looking for a special experience then keep an eye out for fun events in the evenings! Past themed events include A Natural History of Beer, Neuroscience Night, and Dinos After Dark. There are also special events and talks for children and teens.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s there to see inside the American Museum of Natural History?

There’s way too much to list here! The museum has 5 floors and organizes its rooms by theme. There are Biodiversity and Environmental Halls (which include the famous Blue Whale model), Birds, Reptiles, and Amphibians Halls (full of dioramas), Earth and Planetary Sciences Halls (including the Hall of Meteorites), the Fossil Halls (which have a Tyrannosaurus Rex and lots of other dinosaurs), Human Origins and Cultural Halls (including cast of a Rapa Nui statue from Easter Island), Mammal Halls, and the Ross Center for Earth and Space. Read more.

Why is there a memorial to Theodore Roosevelt?

The entrance on Central Park West is home to the New York State Memorial to Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States. Roosevelt’s father, also named Theodore Roosevelt, was one of the museum’s founders, but ‘Teddy’ himself was fascinated by zoology and natural history from a young age, beginning to collect specimens and learning taxidermy basics from the age of 7. Before switching to study law he had been studying biology and was a published naturalist and ornithologist, and after several awkward events during the presidential campaign of 1884, he spent time as a cowboy in North Dakota. One of Roosevelt’s most notable legacies as president is his conservation work. He founded the United States Forest Service, created 5 new National Parks, 51 bird reserves, and 150 National Forests. Less appealing to today’s visitors will be Roosevelt’s success as a big game hunter - in 1909 he was part of the Smithsonian-Roosevelt African Expedition, during which approximately 11,400 animals were shot. Several were sent to the AMNH and were displayed in exhibits. Read more.

How long should I plan to spend at the AMNH?

You can easily spend a whole day at the American Museum of Natural History, taking a break for lunch or coffee when your feet need a rest. It’s definitely recommended to take at least 4 hours to explore as there’s no way you’ll be able to see all the exhibition halls in less time. Visitors with children might want to plan to spend the whole day so that they can move through the exhibits slowly and take plenty of breaks. Read more.

Will children enjoy a trip to the museum?

Children will absolutely enjoy a visit to the museum! The animal and dinosaur exhibits are sure to be a hit for children of all ages, plus there are interactive elements in all the other halls. The exhibitions about space will also appeal to budding astronauts and astronomers. Children can also visit the Discovery Room on Monday to Thursday afternoons and at weekends, where volunteers will help them to discover almost every branch of science through games and puzzles. The Discovery Room also has storytime for pre-schoolers, with a different natural science or cultural theme each week - entrance is free but you’ll need to pick up a ticket on the day. The museum also runs a child-friendly website at where children can discover exhibits before and after visiting. You might also want to watch Night at the Museum with your kids before your trip - it’s a fun movie for all ages, plus they’ll be able to spot some of the exhibits which come to life when they visit! Read more.

Can we take pictures inside the museum?

Yes! Photography for personal use is allowed with hand-held cameras. Please don’t bring tripods, selfie sticks, or additional lights. Watch out for areas where flash photography isn’t allowed, which will be clearly marked. Read more.

General information

opening hours

The museum is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas day. The opening hours are from 10 am to 5.30 pm.


American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York
NY 10024-5192

how to get there

The closest subway station is Broadway and West 79th Street, which is served by the B on weekdays only, and the C every day. The station is a 2 block walk from the museum. The museum is also served by bus number M79, and other buses which stop nearby include the M7, M10, M11, M86, and M104. There’s no parking available at the museum.


General admission tickets bought in advance cost $23 for adults, $18 for visitors over the age of 60 and students, and $13 for children aged 2 to 12 - these tickets allow you to skip the line. Children under the age of 2 can enter free of charge. It is possible to pay less, there is a pay-what-you-wish policy in place but these tickets can only be bought at ticket counters on the day and you’ll have to pay separately for each special exhibition, film, or show you would like to see. Tickets which include access to all special exhibitions, films, and shows cost $33 for adults, $27 for students and seniors, and $20 for children aged 2 to 12.
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