American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History, New York City: Hours, Address, American Museum of Natural History Reviews: 4.5/5

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:45 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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More than 3 hours
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Admission tickets
from $23.00
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The area
Address
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 theater 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
Popular mentions

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MelissaClaire93
Cinnaminson, NJ822 contributions
So much to see!
Being a How I Met Your Mother fan, I honestly wanted to come to see the big whale (the focus of the plotline for one of the episodes). I had no idea how immense this museum is. It would probably take days to see all of it fully. We only had a few hours so we picked a few sections to focus on like the dinosaurs, the whale/sea animals (of course), and the animal dioramas. They also have Lucy (the first “human” ever discovered) in the Human Origins section so be sure not to miss that! Also know that New York, New Jersey and Connecticut residents can do “pay what you want” ticket prices for general admission. You just have to show proof of residence and they’ll ask what you want to pay. Really neat. The exhibits I got to see were really awesome. Would love to go back and see more of what it has to offer!
Written October 11, 2021
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TravelEatXplore
Boston, MA5,144 contributions
Big museum
If you want to come to this museum you need to rsvp online. The general admission is about 23 bucks. Once you are there you will need to show the staff your covid vaccines and your ID before you can enter. The museum is really big. I think there are 4 floors. There are so many thing to do.
Written October 4, 2021
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fredhorst23
New Orleans, LA53 contributions
Great visit, cool giftshop
It's a really great old building, the entry was a bit tricky due to covid, but not too bad right at opening. They require a reservation number, so make sure you get one and write it down. We wrote it on our viator paperwork, and we're lucky we did. Lady at the entry almost turned us to the "no reservation" corral because she didn't really look, but the next person we walked to corrected that. Nice museum with lots of great items, lots of thorough info. Not the easiest place to navigate, and the space for displays can seem limited in areas like the dinosaur wings. Meteors for sale in the gift shop for 30 dollars.
Written September 28, 2021
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sunnyshine579
Knoxville, TN142 contributions
HUGE and confusing
Sep 2021
This place is HUGE and confusing so make sure you use the map. I'm sure we missed a lot and we were there for over 5 hours. It's confusing how you get separate tickets for thins like the Seals. The planetarium part was really cool, probably my favorite part of the museum. The animal parts were cool too. The "food court" could use a revamp. We had old tater tots with cheese. Not many choices. If you plan on reading and actually looking at everything plan on a whole day.
Written September 20, 2021
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Lori C
12 contributions
Huge
Aug 2021
This museum is a must to see! There are so many different things for everyone of all ages. It blew our minds on just how big it was. We spent a whole day there and only saw half of it. My favorite was a toss between the Ocean animals and Space areas. But everything there is truly amazing
Written September 17, 2021
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patricia w
Boston, MA251 contributions
Great museum
Sep 2021
Went with our 4 year old grandson. He was in heaven with all the dinosaur skeletons. So much to see there. We could have spent hours there.
Written September 16, 2021
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Dana Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA959 contributions
A must for kids of all ages
Oct 2020 • Couples
One of the great museums in America, especially for the youthful and curious. Kid friendly and a must for a visiting family.
Written September 8, 2021
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J A T
Irvington, NY182 contributions
An enjoyable day at the AMNH
Sep 2021
We spent an enjoyable day at the AMNH and attended the show at the Planetarium. This is such a wonderful venue for children and adults alike. Always learn from the experience. We used the onsite parking garage and had lunch at the Food Court. Security and safety precautions were in place and well organized and managed. Staff incredibly polite and patient. Highly recommend trip.
Written September 6, 2021
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Walter T
Philadelphia, PA124 contributions
One of the greatest museums
Sep 2021
One of the greatest science museums in the world. Huge building with its own subway stop, the museum would take several days to fully appreciate. Clever app called Explorer guides you through the museum. Must show proof of vaccination and ID to get in. Museum dinosaur collection on the 4th floor is breathtaking and the Hayden Planetarium is an excellent show. Saw the special exhibits on color (good for kids), creatures of light (bioluminesence), missed the sea lion film. You could spend days understanding the development of man, animal dioramas, African and Asian people, meteorites, evolution, etc. The new highlight is the mineral and gem hall including the Star of India, understanding rocks, minerals and gems. The special jewelry exhibit and works of Asian carved minerals is spectacular. The one disappointment was the cafeteria prices - like $16 a lb salad, $15 cheeseburger and fries, $4 soda. No outside food allowed ensuring that you WILL buy a meal. Still worth it.
Written September 5, 2021
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TheSingingMixer
1 contribution
This Museum is always on our NY to-visit list!
Aug 2021 • Family
Make sure you bring proof of vaccination, they are checking to keep things as safe as possible. This museum is always wonderful, we go every time we get to NY and always discover something new and enlightening. I particularly like the new mineralogy hall!
Written August 30, 2021
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  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:45 PM
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