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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Neighbourhood: 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
  • 72nd St • 8 min walk
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  • Fran
    10 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 30 May 2023
  • Jacquelynne B
    Tega Cay, South Carolina35 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 July 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 9 August 2023
  • Tinkabell48
    Porthmadog, United Kingdom44 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 August 2023
  • MagsCox
    17 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 10 August 2023
  • ViviViviZ
    Richmond Hill, Canada69 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 26 August 2023
  • gryphonmonster
    Singapore, Singapore450 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 August 2023
  • The Trusty Trip Gal!
    England, United Kingdom129 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 October 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 October 2023
  • NikaNumber1
    Royal Oak, Michigan6,597 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 November 2023
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LarsieB
Denver, Colorado, USA1,540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is a really excellent museum, so much to see!! We went on a rainy Saturday in New York City and I felt like every woman, man and their child was also there, so many people and the line outside was so long, luckily we found a second shorter line around the corner (be sure to organize and pay for tickets online before turning up). This is a great and interesting way to spend a few hours in NYC particularly if the weather is bad outside, or if you have young children I would highly recommend this museum, really excellent!!
Written 13 April 2024
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Connie A
Goshen, NY4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We live about an hour and a half away and have always enjoyed the many interesting exhibits in this museum. However, on Thursday March 28, 2024 it was a different story. Time specific reservations are now required. I obtained an 11:30 am reservation and based on that I purchased an entrance voucher from my local library. The museum website gives very specific instructions about the necessity of a reservation, so I expected the visitor traffic would be controlled even during a school holiday period. We entered the museum garage at 11:07am and left our jackets n the car, expecting to use the inside elevator to access the admissions desk from within the garage. That was not the case. We had to go outside and get in a very long line waiting for admission. It was lightly raining as we waited for about 40 minutes. As the rain began to increase, I approached a security person at the door to see why the line was not moving. He explained that he let more people in when he was advised it was okay. Based on the length of the remaining line it was clear we should expect at least another 45 minutes wait out in the rain. My husband was standing with a walker and we had brought our 2 grandchildren to spend the day. Since continuing to stand out in the weather (rain)r was not an option, we returned to the garage and went home. Unfortunately, our parking fee was $26.00. The next day I called the museum to complain and request at least a refund of the parking charge. Customer service could not help and transferred me to their Transportation department where I had to leave a voice message. I have not had the courtesy of a return call. Visitors should not count on the timed reservation system. We wasted a day with our grandchildren, driving expenses of a trip into Manhattan, parking fee and expectation an enjoyable visit to the museum. Seriously disappointed.
Written 13 April 2024
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antoniosk
Wellington, New Zealand248 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I guess many people will have recollections of where they were what they were doing when 911 happened and just the emotions and feelings they had on the day and the days that follow.

I never thought I’d be going to the memorial site. It was just something that never had occurred to me but the opportunity did come up and I’m pleased that we did it. It was quite something to see it up close.

Sone of the sights that were seen at the time very very close to us , and made us
Stop to think about some of the other things that had occurred that didn’t quite make the media with the many history documentaries that abound on cable tv.

It can be quite sombre and some of the personal accounts and voicemails are still quite raw to listen to the last words of people that you’ve never met and what emotions they might have been going through but it is important to have a listen to it .

Something worth doing in New York if you have time buy the tickets online so that you can cut the queues and if you can go early, it will be really worthwhile..
Written 9 April 2024
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weekd09
Carryduff, UK397 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Brilliant and interesting way to spend a day. Butterfly exhibition was amazing. Glad we took a few hours to visit. Booking tickets online is convenient and the museum offer a free carer ticket for those eligible.
Written 8 April 2024
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Sandy P
Los Angeles, CA11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Seriously outdated and in need of a remodel. The exhibits were dusty and looked as though they hadn't been cleaned out in years! Overly crowded and just way too busy to enjoy it. I'll pass this up next time I'm in NYC.
Written 3 April 2024
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PolarBarry
Milngavie, UK71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Spent the afternoon exploring the museum with the family.

Fossil exhibits were very well laid out and full of explanations.
Written 2 April 2024
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dan m
Akron, OH1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It's interesting, it's large, it's like any other natural history museum but much larger. Leaning more towards a traditional natural history museum many of the small free theaters play videos from the 20th century.
Written 2 April 2024
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David S
New York City, NY14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The new wing of the museum is pretty amazing overall, but if I had to pick a favorite activity, it would be a visit to Invisible Worlds on the 3rd floor. It's one of the five special exhibits (included with the price of admission or with your membership). The show is about 15 minutes long and has to do with networks both big and small, from neurons to text messages to forests teeming with life. It's interactive, too, so as you walk, your steps will sometimes affect virtual water droplets and cells. The visuals are incredible.

We also enjoyed the butterfly enclosure, which is loaded with these winged beauties, all of whom seemed to have something more important to do than land on my shoulder. Give that room about 5-10 minutes for sure.

The rest of the new wing has fascinating and well-curated exhibits on various insects and other crawling lifeforms. The whole museum is fantastic for all ages.
Written 2 April 2024
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danielgraham1989
Chandler’s Ford, UK209 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Sadly the whole experience was let down by the huge numbers of school children just allowed to run riot throughout most of the museum. There didn’t seem to be anyone controlling them and they were screaming and running around most of it. I am all for school groups visiting places like this, but you would expect them to be respectable to those paying visitors. Would highly recommend avoiding this museum during any school visits and this did ruin it for us. Some interesting exhibits but struggled to enjoy them due to the noise and children running around.
Written 30 March 2024
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Christopher R
Baltimore, MD16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Some delightful changes since I cam as a child with my parents almost 40 years ago. The Dinosaur exhibit, minerals & gems, and the Haden planetarium were the three major highlights, among a host of little discoveries. We spent about 4.5 hours in the museum, and would return some day to see what we skipped. This is one of the largest museums I've ever been to, I had forgotten just how big it is. Come and enjoy and learn.
Written 29 March 2024
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