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American Museum of Natural History Tours

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American Museum of Natural History
With more than 30 million specimens and artifacts and almost 50 exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest scientific and cultural museums in the world. Displays highlight the wonders of our planet and the wider universe, spotlighting everything from dinosaurs to human origins to the solar system.

The Basics
Visitors can prepurchase a general admission ticket and explore the permanent exhibits as well as the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Alternatively, purchase an upgraded ticket that adds access to space shows in the Hayden Planetarium, IMAX films, and ticketed temporary and seasonal exhibitions, such as the annual Butterfly Conservatory.

To ensure you check off all the must-sees, opt for a guided visit. Choose between family-oriented tours, highlights tours, small-group tours, private tours, and early access tours that allow participants to explore before official opening hours. Some guided tours combine visits to the Natural History Museum with trips to other New York cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Various New York sightseeing and discount passes include admission to the American Museum of Natural History.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The American Museum of Natural History is a must for families. 
  • Leave large bags, luggage, and selfie sticks at home, as they are not allowed in the museum.
  • Download the AMNH Explorer App on your smartphone to help you navigate.
  • The museum is fully accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. 
  • A food court can be found on the museum’s lower level, while cafés are situated on the first and fourth floors.

How to Get There
Parking in NYC is expensive, so it’s best to come here by public transport. Ride the B or C subway lines to 81st Street, or the 1 train to Broadway and West 79th Street. Hop-on hop-off bus tours of New York also stop here. 

When to Get There 
The museum is very popular among families, so expect bigger crowds on weekends, school vacations, and rainy days. Plan to arrive early and head directly to the more popular exhibits, such as the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing, which tends to get busier as the day goes on. 

Highlights of the Collection 
Of all the exhibits at the museum, few are as popular among young visitors as the dinosaurs. Highlights include the Allosaurus, depicted hunched over and feeding on a carcass, and a Tyrannosaurus rex shown in stalking mode. Other standout displays include the animal dioramas at the Family Hall of North American Mammals, the Asian elephants at the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, and the 94-foot-long (29-meter-long) blue whale model suspended from the ceiling at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. 
Address: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City, New York 10024, USA
Admission: Varies
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in New York City

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Beautiful
Jay_F
, Mar 2020
Beautiful museum and we really enjoyed it. Our favorite part was the space museum and planetarium. So fun
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Outdated, stale, even incorrect information. If you're looking for an engaging experience, look elsewhere.
Danny
, Mar 2020
Immediately upon entering the museum exhibits, both my friend and I were shocked at how out-dated and non-engaging the entire museum felt, not to mention even finding some typos in the description of plant cells. It's really a shame that such a big museum in the heart of Manhattan - surrounded by world class institutions on both sides, appears to be so neglected. This should be a towering achievement of scientific communication to the greater public, both those with degrees in the sciences, and those without. The information provided in the exhibits was elementary and often unnecessarily simplistic. I know this is a museum of natural history, but that doesn't mean the museum itself needs to feel historical. There was no engagement, no incorporation of technology to make these exhibits anything more than static, faded shells of what could be the inspiration for a child to want to pursue a career in science, or at least to appreciate the natural world. I hope this review makes its way to decision makers and funders who can rectify this cultural stain.
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Don't buy off Viator
Matt
, Mar 2020
The museum is fantastic, but buying the tickets through Viator is not recommended at all. You still need to wait in line to redeem them which makes it pointless to buy online ahead of time. Just buy the tickets off the electronic booths inside the museum lobby.

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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since American Museum of Natural History can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 35 American Museum of Natural History tickets and tours on Viator.
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