American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park W (btwn 77th & 81st St), New York, NY 10024
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Open until 5:45pm (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:45 PM
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Yes (incl. American Express)
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Yes

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. It 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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  • "Dinosaurs, a giant whale, and free wifi. Our..." (54 tips)
  • "... like the room with the blue whale" (13 tips)
  • "Check out the Hall of Ocean Life, the Hall of Pacific People to see Dum Dum,..." (7 tips)
  • Time Out New York

    See a six-foot-tall human statue whose body parts are sized in proportion to the amount of sensory information each transmits to the brain, in the interactive "Brain: The Inside Story" exhibition.

    Time Out New York · September 13, 2010
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  • NASA

    The Full Moon Exhibition in the Rose Center contains more than 75 rarely seen photographic prints from NASA's Apollo missions to the moon and are done in both impressive scale and stunning quality. Read more

    NASA · December 7, 2010
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  • Time Out New York

    The museum sponsored Robert Peary’s expedition to the North Pole, and in Greenland he discovered the largest buried meteorite in the world, Cape York. Three chunks of it are on display here. Read more

    Time Out New York · November 23, 2011
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  • Matt S.

    Save time and DON'T go thru the front entrance on Central Park West to get in. Instead, go in thru the planetarium on 81st and pay using the automated kiosks. Way shorter line.

    Matt S. · March 29, 2010
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  • Ray F.

    Giant whale hanging from the ceiling is a must see.

    Ray F. · January 31, 2010
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  • Jonloge

    The donation is suggested. Pay about $2 per person but be prepared to get judgement eyes from the cashier

    Jonloge · March 28, 2010
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  • Drew M.

    Free wifi awesome!

    Drew M. · July 26, 2010
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  • New York Habitat

    This huge museum has something for everyone with its broad range of exhibits. Get off at the 81st St. stop on the 1-train which takes you right into the lower level of the museum itself.

    New York Habitat · October 4, 2011
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  • Sabine D.

    See the Dinosaurs (especially T-Rex) and the Blue Whale Read more

    Sabine D. · February 21, 2010
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  • Movie Mayor

    In 2006's "Night At the Museum" Ben Stiller begins a new job at the American History Museum as a guard. At night, he has his hands full as the museum's collection comes to life and causes mischief Read more

    Movie Mayor · October 21, 2010
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  • Dora

    Due to construction at the Museum’s front entrance, the best entrance through the end of 2010 is on 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.Powered by ParentsConnect.com Read more

    Dora · June 28, 2010
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  • The Corcoran Group

    Feel like a kid again as you’re dwarfed by the T-Rex and the Blue Whale or just surrounded magically by butterflies. It’s entertaining and educational. Use the side entrance to cut the line.

    The Corcoran Group · December 12, 2011
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  • Rachel

    Check out the dinosaurs, of course.

    Rachel · June 24, 2010
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  • Dora

    This is an official Nickelodeon Parents' Picks Award Nominee!Powered by ParentsConnect.com

    Dora · July 16, 2010
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  • American Museum of Natural History

    It might be cold outside, but the weather is tropical inside The Butterfly Conservatory! Mingle with up to 500 fluttering, iridescent butterflies among tropical flowers and 80-degree temperatures.

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  • Memphis F.

    Love to just chill underneath the Whale.

    Memphis F. · June 20, 2010
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  • Time Out New York

    Last year, to add more realism to the Hall of North American Mammals, curators added actual pronghorn freeze-dried doo-doo collected by park rangers at the real-life Elkhorn Ranch in Montana.
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    Time Out New York · June 28, 2013
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  • Andrew S.

    Go to the Hall of Ocean Life at the American Museum of Natural History. Make out under the big whale.

    Andrew S. · March 24, 2009
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  • noah k.

    the blue whale on the first floor is great

    noah k. · October 18, 2009
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  • Tara S.

    Save 20 mins and use the automated ticket machine to buy general admission passes, not just tix to the diff shows

    Tara S. · March 22, 2010
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  • US National Archives

    While visiting the Museum, discover this nearby photo from our Documerica collection of workers beautifying the area around Central Park and 80th St. What can you do to make our planet beautiful? Read more

    US National Archives · April 1, 2011
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  • @cfnoble

    Got kids? Make 'em use the stairs. They'll sleep well that night.

    @cfnoble · February 13, 2010
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Scoping the dino bones and then adventurously exploring the echoing halls is a classic NYC rainy day experience. We also love how the museum's size and variety means every visit can be different. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · April 25, 2012
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  • REDBOOK

    Three words: The whale room. You'll feel like a kid again as you lie on the floor gazing up at a giant whale suspended above. There’s also a running movie with amazing underwater footage.

    REDBOOK · December 2, 2010
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  • Barry J.

    The secret with kids here is the Discovery Room

    Barry J. · February 15, 2010
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  • James T.

    As mayor, i would like to put forth good will and understanding to my populace. Love one another, love science and most of all - be kind!

    James T. · April 30, 2012
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  • Michael C.

    Look for the photo of the snow owl flying straight at you...amazing shot.

    Michael C. · February 10, 2010
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  • Andrew B.

    Beware of the trap door on the 3rd floor in the SW corner of the building, it leads to Land of the the Lost. Srsly, you *don't* want to get stuck in the 70's.

    Andrew B. · September 19, 2009
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  • Sandor W.

    "This is a pretty shitty zoo." –My three-year-old

    Sandor W. · April 29, 2013
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  • Anna D.

    Photobooth on 4th floor by the Hall of Dinosaurs.

    Anna D. · March 6, 2010
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  • Steffen H.

    Check out the Asian Mammal Exhibit!

    Steffen H. · January 6, 2010
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  • USA TODAY

    The largest natural history museum in the world with 45 exhibition halls and more than 30 million artifacts. If you want to see dinosaur fossils, head up to the fourth floor. Read more

    USA TODAY · August 12, 2013
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  • Ron C.

    Don't pay FULL price for tickets... Avoid the kiosks and wait in line. Tell them how many people are with you and make a "donation". It can be in any amount and they can't refuse it. I usually do $1.

    Ron C. · July 25, 2010
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  • Allie H.

    If you live here, you really should do all this touristy stuff once. You might find yourself returning over and over. In this case, do it once, so you can say you have, and Never Do It again. Or was i

    Allie H. · April 18, 2010
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  • Eizabeth N.

    Fun time with family last weekend!

    Eizabeth N. · February 28, 2010
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  • Ben H.

    go to the fourth floor and walk the fossil exhibits in cladistic (they'll explain!) order, walk darwin's tree of life. also worth checking out--star of india and lucy, extreme mammals has ida

    Ben H. · January 23, 2010
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  • John L.

    I spend a good part of my life here trailing after my science-crazy daughter. I like that I still get lost here.

    John L. · January 4, 2010
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  • Barneys New York

    Visit our favorite dinosaur at the Museum of Natural History.

    Barneys New York · November 21, 2011
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  • Chad M.

    The pizza with a garlic knot is the best deal in the food court.

    Chad M. · October 30, 2010
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  • Revel In New York

    This was my favorite museum as a kid and remains so. I could spend all my time in there exploring everything from the gem stones to the dinosaur bones. -Josh Hader, Bike Builder Read more

    Revel In New York · March 31, 2010
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  • Wired

    One of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world, comprised of 25 interconnected buildings that house 46 permanent exhibition halls. Read more

    Wired · August 8, 2012
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  • John A.

    OH GOD HELP POPULAR MOVIE "NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM" WAS A DOCUMENTARY. BEN STILLER HAUNTS THE HALLS AFTER DARK.

    John A. · December 15, 2011
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  • Razorfish

    For the inner science nerd with exhibits on dinosaurs, mammals, birds, oceans, geology, human civilizations, astronomy, etc.

    Razorfish · September 20, 2011
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  • Let's Go

    Feel the smallest beneath the dinosaur skeletons Read more

    Let's Go · April 13, 2011
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  • James S.

    Check out the trailer for AMNH's latest exhibit, Traveling the Silk Road http://bit.ly/9f7QwB Read more

    James S. · February 18, 2010
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  • Paul M.

    Kids loved it!

    Paul M. · January 19, 2010
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  • Lana R.

    Museu enorme e cheio de coisas interessantes pra se ver: ou seja, incrível. Me senti em "Uma noite no museu". Imperdível!

    Lana R. · March 14, 2013
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  • Presnyakova H.

    Рассчитывайте свое время.здесь 4 этажа.мы два этажа за 5 ч прошли,остальные не успели.потрясающий музей!

    Presnyakova H. · September 26, 2013
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  • Miltos C.

    ο μόνος λόγος για να έρθεις σε αυτό το μουσείο είναι να απαγάγεις κανένα παιδάκι + ο Μπεν Στίλλερ δεν δουλεύει εδώ.

    Miltos C. · April 23, 2013
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  • Ana D.

    Ir a NY e não ir nesse museu é heresia!

    Ana D. · October 2, 2012
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