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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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
  • 86th St • 8 min walk
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  • 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 Kingdom42 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, Singapore470 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 Kingdom88 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, Michigan8,571 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
  • soulefultraveler
    Sun City West, Arizona1,885 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All great, except the basement caffeteria
    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!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 18, 2023
  • Erika J
    Cleveland, Ohio87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Fantastic
    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!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 27, 2023
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Exploration698712
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We visited on a rainy day before New Year’s Eve so our experience may have been atypical. However, we arrived by subway a few minutes before the open time and found there is an entrance accessible directly from the subway; unfortunately, there was a huge line that stretched all the way out to the street and around to the next block. There was no one from the museum directing people and very little information posted; there may have been another entrance but with literally no one providing information I don’t know. From the subway entrance it took us 45 minutes to get into the security area. We were using city pass, which it turns out was a mistake at this location. If you had tickets you purchased from the museum directly (on your phone or printed) you could bypass the line once you made it inside; if you had city pass or New York pass you had to wait in the line. Ultimately, it took us until 11:00 to get into the actual museum. In addition, there are 4 exhibits that require a separate ticket-planetarium, movie, butterflies and trex. We were assigned the planetarium show at 1:30 (not sure how-we didn’t select the experience or time-it was just printed on our tickets), which meant we couldn’t access the butterfly exhibit, the movie or the trex experience without additional tickets. I would recommend buying tickets from the museum directly so you can choose your experience. The museum itself has a lot to see but honestly there is very little that is interactive for children. I was expecting more hands on experiences but there were lots of displays. We ate in the main level cafeteria and had a good but pricey lunch. There were refillable fountain drinks, which was nice. The blue whale was really neat and my kids, ages 7 and 12, enjoyed the planetarium show. There were origami demonstrations as well and my kids loved making cranes. There are lots of wonderful things here so if you can visit on a day that is less crowded and have a faster entrance to the museum I’m sure your experience would be better than ours!
Written January 1, 2020
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Jim V
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The museum needs to staff their admission desks with respect for their visitors. They should be embarrassed about the waiting times they're forcing on people who've made reservations in advance. We had a noon reservation and, after waiting on a line outside, then had to wait an hour inside. There were a few hundred of us with just two staff people (and sometimes just one) to turn our reservations into actual admittance into the museum. That was a totally wasted hour that we could have spent going through the exhibits. If you truly want to visit this museum, I suggest you consider finding a way to show up with your tickets in hand. For NJ,NY, and CT residents that means foregoing the "pay what you want" option because it involves making a reservation -- which puts you on that dreadful and disrespectful line.
Written June 24, 2021
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docbruce
Massachusetts723 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Revisiting this amazing museum is necessary because it is always changing and improving. It is always worth the modest admission fee.

We came this time to see the new, incredibly interesting Tyrannosaur exhibit. It shows the whole history of the genus from it’s humble beginnings to the catastrophic demise, with plenty of fossils to show key features. It takes at least 40 min to see the exhibit thoroughly, and the reserved time slots are an hour apart. Featured is a complete replica of one of the two T. rex adults in the museum’s collection, a bone-chilling life size 3-D recreation (feathers and all), and a short life sized video of a mama T. rex checking on her oldest baby. If you like dinosaurs, this is not to be missed.
Written February 29, 2020
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Katy R
Bradford, UK62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Went early (10.15) on a February weekday so expected it to be fairly quiet but It was already very busy. Paid the 'pay what you want' donation, $20 for my teenage daughter and I, which wasn't bad at all for what's on offer. The museum is enormous and is literally rammed with thousands of artefacts, exhibits and treasures. its huge and easy to get lost. We spent about 2 and a half hours in there but my daughter was getting tired and hungry so we left and there was still loads to see! If you really spent time in there looking at everything you would need 2 days! Particularly loved the dinosaurs/ ice age specimens and the room with the Native American exhibits. Only disappointment was that it wasn't how i imagined it (I blame Night at the Museum for that!). Found the Easter island statue eventually ( 'give me gum gum' haha) but Rexy isn't in the lobby and the whole museum is way bigger and far more modern than the movie suggests....yes i know its only a movie but it was one of the reasons we went. There is a T rex in the hall of dinosaurs but don't expect much more from the movie.
Written February 24, 2020
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Claire M
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The general admission price is a suggested donation making it difficult and distressing on how much to pay. It was a confronting and stressful experience. They donation shamed us.
Other than that all exhibits were great and the staff were very helpful and informative. Highly recommend the butterfly room. Allow as much time as possible as we did not get to see the whole museum. More than five hours at least.
Written January 16, 2020
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Maurice P
Califon, NJ105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The museum and exhibits are excellent but it so falls short in managing visitors’ experience.

We entered direct from Subway and maybe that was a mistake. There was no signage to speak of and a long line to join a second long line. Only after 15 minutes did we discover these were both ticket lines and we could have by-passed them as we had purchased tickets in advance online.

The signage throughout the building is poor. Sometimes it takes time to work our even what floor you are on!

Toilets not clean and not many of them.

Perhaps the Saturday after New Year is the busiest day of the year, but it is predictable!

The exhibits are really good and interested our young grandchildren a lot.

Written January 5, 2020
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Mojca
Ljubljana, Slovenia76 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The great thing about the museum is that minimum admission fee is 1 penny per person, so it's one of the cheapest attractions you'll see in New York City.
The museum is a bit boring, mostly showing displays of different stuffed animals and native's tools and clothing. I missed some update on the Caucasian race.
Written February 28, 2020
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Mich J
Palmetto, FL26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We came in off the subway and maps of the museum were not made available to us. The museum was quite overwhelming and lacking in signage and visible personnel to adequately guide you in the direction of the exhibits available and their locations. Did not like enough to return.
Written February 9, 2020
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Lane the English traveller
Huddersfield, UK565 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Couples
I was very much looking forward to this museum when visiting New York. It is well set out and has some fantastic exhibits. Like all museums, you have to pay extra to see special exhibits. We didnt bother as there was so much to see as it were. I would plan to be here about 4 hours. A bit of a queue to enter but they are quite quick getting you through.
Written May 22, 2020
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RoyalMom8
New Delhi, India30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The place is huge. For me and my teens, one full day is even not enough. Suggest to visit from morning so you have enough time. Food inside is a bit pricey and per weight. The souvenir shop was great. They have items from budget to expensive, and so many to chose from. Great but bad for the budget. ;P
Written February 10, 2020
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