American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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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The area
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Neighborhood: 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
  • 86th St • 8 min walk
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  • Fran
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 May 30, 2023
  • Jacquelynne B
    Tega Cay, South Carolina48 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • PineconeBoi
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Museum, but something is missing from it.
    The whole museum complex is gigantic, in terms of pure size and amount of exhibitions they have inside. Dinosaurs, planetariums and minerals and much more. To see everything you need to be prepared for 3-4h walk. Unfortunately, there are some cons. Most of the exhibitions are just dioramas with fake animals and plants in them, also the line to get in is sooooooo long. I recommend being next to the entrance like 1h BEFORE opening, otherwise, you will be forced to wait 2-3h minimum to get in.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Tinkabell48
    Porthmadog, United Kingdom41 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get there REALLY early?
    If you plan on doing nothing else all day then go because it takes forever to get around this huge place. I'm sure you can skip a lot of it if you can get away with it. The staffing was very bad, not enough to deal with the hordes of people queing despite booking a 1pm slot we still didn't get in till 2pm and waiting with young children is not acceptable. They need to sort this out desperately.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 10, 2023
  • MagsCox
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant museum
    We spent over 6 hours in the museum and still only saw probably less than 20% of the exhibits. I think you'd need a week in there to see everything! So much to see and loads of information on the items and their history. Benches in many areas which was great to have a sit down. Food and drink was crazy expensive but good. Air con throughout the building. Shops on every floor for a massive selection of souvenirs. We really enjoyed our visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • ViviViviZ
    Richmond Hill, Canada73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience!
    When we got there, there was a huge line around the block all the way to the subway entrance. You can buy tickets online, and just go around to the back entrance, where (for us) there was no line at all. Great exhibits!!! Museum guard told us to start from the top floor and work are way down ... great advice!! Large gift shop, with smaller ones spread out through the museum. Would definitely recommend,
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 26, 2023
  • gryphonmonster
    Singapore, Singapore462 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So natural
    The AMNH is one of the awesome museums in NYC. The great thing about it is that it is actually linked underground to the metro station so you won't miss it at all. I have been dying to come here as i am a Night at the Museum fan. However, it kind of disappoint as I did not really see the exhibits that I saw in the movie. Nonetheless, what really amazes me are the mannequins at the museum. They look so real. Every exhibit comes with a whole lot of detail about the people and animals of the world. The problem i have with this place is it is incredibly difficult to navigate around. Between MET and AMNH, I feel like MET is better run and with better food options. The food option at AMNH is pretty dismal and expensive. I spent 5 hours here, you really got to dedicate an entire day otherwise it's just really touch n go.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 27, 2023
  • The Trusty Trip Gal!
    England, United Kingdom243 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Best Museum Without A Doubt!
    The Natural History Museum is by far one of my favourite museums! I was a bit confused about whether the tickets were free or not? We did end up paying about $28 but we saw signs at the front saying that it was free but something about donations. I have just googled it and it’s keeps saying it’s free so I am still confused. Regardless of the cost this museum is brilliant! If you go make sure you have quite a few hours or even a full day to get round everything! It really is stunning! I was a bit stumped that we had paid to go in and there were further charges if you wanted to go in certain exhibits.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 18, 2023
  • Brad Strider
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent museum
    Excellent selection of things to look at, we’ll worth the money. Didn’t take too long to gain access since we bought tickets on the phone (with a time slot) during our walk in. Don’t eat at the cafe if you can help it, the food is a rip off and the staff there aren’t very helpful. They did have a vegetarian sandwich but it was too expensive for what it was.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 28, 2023
  • NikaNumber1
    Royal Oak, Michigan8,480 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Plan out and map out what you want to see and make sure you set side at least 3-4 hours for your visit to see more
    The main entrance was a block over from what I was thinking. It is $39 for each adult for every possible part of the museum experience. It may be worth it if you have several hours to spend here. Otherwise it's $28 per adult for the basic entry. The Big Bang theory was interesting. The African animals was also nice to look at the displays. The American animals was cool to see some of the animals up close. Haven't ever seen a mountain goat or any bears, not that I need to see any bears up close at all. The layout of this museum is all over the place, it is was hard to get a good flow and see as much as possible. The national history museum is bigger and the exhibits are better if you map out your visit. We likely missed some areas as we walked along our own path with no plan.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
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tashad195
Coventry, UK186 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited the museum much later than intended and were met with the pleasant surprise that, as there was only one hour left of opening hours that day, entry was free! We had a great visit and the exhibits are interesting and well looked after.
Written May 5, 2024
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Lukmas
Capannori, Italy292 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Great time with my family during our vacation in New York !! Ticket booked with My city pass but you have to spend 30 min before entering to pick up tickets. REally amazing even if you feel a bit old style museum .. nothing to complain is also part of his feature.
Written May 5, 2024
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Dillon Marcellus Ariyaratne
London, UK311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Wow I leant and saw educational history about America and the world . I would encourage student how is learning world history to visit the place
Written May 4, 2024
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Jennifer B
Houston, TX25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The American Museum of Natural History offers an enthralling exploration of our planet and universe. From lifelike dinosaur exhibits to captivating displays of outer space, every corner sparks wonder and curiosity. Helpful staff and clear signage ensure a smooth visit. A must-see for all ages!
Written May 4, 2024
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Cheryl P
Little Rock, AR26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The American Museum of Natural History is amazing! From the T-Rex skeleton to the Hall of Biodiversity, every exhibit is fascinating and informative. The layout is easy to navigate, and there's something for everyone. It's a must-visit for anyone curious about the natural world.
Written May 1, 2024
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moodymcsue
Port Moody, Canada89 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited the American Museum of Natural History for the first time in many years. Our objective was to view a specific exhibition in the Northwest Coast Hall. We were so very happy to see it. Grounded by our Roots spotlights the work of five emerging Indigenous Northwest Coast artists. Each artist draws on tradition and teachings of their mentors, while expanding possibilities in form and personal expression. Their work is a fitting complement to the many displays of historic and traditional artifacts displayed in this hall to stunning effect.

The museum is vast and complex, with more than can possibly be viewed in one visit. We opted for the free highlights tour. We were very glad we did this. Our guide, a personable and knowledgeable volunteer, clearly loved the museum and her role, introducing its delights to visitors. We walked and listened for 75 minutes, learning about the history of the museum and its exhibits. We visited half a dozen exhibits and learned a few facts about each. Our guide also explained how each exhibit was organized, and suggested how a visit there could be most fully enjoyed. We finished the tour feeling impressed and grateful for a wonderful sampling of the museum’s richness and depth.

This place is a treasure. We will not wait so long to visit again.
Written April 30, 2024
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Mateusz B
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Good experience but too many rooms closed off plus not all shows are included in plus one. Had to purchase extra tix for exhibit that we wanted.
Written April 22, 2024
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Gemma.Davies
Halifax, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is absolutely amazing! Such a work of art! Me and my son loved every minute! Apart from the shops they cost so much for gifts! We loved the earth show! Is a bit of a distance from Times Square, so be warned if you're walking!

Staff were so helpful and pleasant. They made our stay in New York worth it!
Written April 21, 2024
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cecesimms
Boston, MA173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
You can spend the entire day here and not see everything. Obviously the dinosaurs are a huge draw, as are the dramatic animal dioramas, and the life size blue whale is impressive! My best suggestion is to pick and choose what you want based on your time, and know you can always come back and see more. Definitely lots of memories to be made!
Written April 19, 2024
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Rody E
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Children loved the place and had fun. Lots of dinosaurs bones and stuffed animals. Exciting place to explore in a rainy day
Written April 18, 2024
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American Museum of Natural History admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost ₱1,614.02, while a popular guided tour starts around ₱408.12 per person.

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