American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Science Museum, History Museum, and Planetarium
Upper West Side, New York
  • The experts at Time Out New York and Michelin Travel & Lifestyle recommend this place
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  • Dave S.
    "Visit the gigantic blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life."(22 Tips)
    Diana C.
    "Planetarium is amazing, and dinosaurs are always cool to see"(156 Tips)
    "Best advice is to start tour tour from top floor to bottom."(20 Tips)
    Chung H.
    "You'll get free admission if you have press card."(2 Tips)
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  • Christina C.
    Christina ChinJuly 31, 2016
    Great for families and much to see, go to 4th for dinos and 1st for marine life and the big whale. Prob can't do whole museum in a day. Pay what you wish
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Ting
    TingFebruary 18, 2016
    Wonderful museum of natural sciences.Love it, apart from the screaming kids.This pay-as-u-wish museum does try to explain serious science in simple terms. Don't miss the latest dino - The Titanosaur!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Reem K.
    Reem KhalilMay 16, 2016
    This place is highly recommended for every one u can spend like 5 hours and not finish it, just make sure your ticket includes the i max show of national parks and the show of dark universe
  • Pamela C.
    Pamela CleaverNovember 29, 2013
    This place is unbelievable!! Fun for all ages & a must see with all of the huge and amazing displays. (Also, the movie "A Night At the Museum" was filmed here.)
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 17, 2013
    This place has it all: dinosaurs, a planetarium, taxidermy creatures from land and sea, fantastic gift shops, and a café that serves adorable planet-shaped cookies. - Green Guide Editor
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Rob A.
    Rob AbbeyFebruary 28, 2013
    Take the free guided highlights tour which meets outside the Akeley Hall of African Mammals at 15 minutes past the hour. Really worthwhile... the guides are great. Thanks so much to our guide Sue!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupDecember 12, 2011
    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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Chee Yi O.
    Chee Yi OngApril 6, 2016
    Great place to spend half of even the whole day! Exhibitions cover everything about natural history. I particularly enjoyed the sections on different types of peoples, and also the dinosaurs!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Noora
    NooraApril 27, 2014
    Incredible experience. The dinosaurs, blue whale and the elephants will take your breath away! Everyone should visit this place. End of story. Buy ticket from the machine at the hall and save time.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AframOctober 29, 2017
    The dioramas are famous and worth investigating. Make sure you see as many as you can! 🐒
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Olivia P.
    Olivia PritchettAugust 23, 2014
    Everything is great here ! Get here early in the day though b/c they close @ 5 ! We got there around 11 AM and that was still not enough time to see everything !!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • WEI W.
    WEI WEINovember 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    You have to pay FULL admission + additions to see any special exhibition now. It used to be you can pay whatever you want plus 9$ per special exhibition. The current way is a bit mean imo
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Thelocaltripper
    ThelocaltripperMay 25, 2016
    This place is huge! Love the gem collection on the first floor and the dinosaurs! Prices are suggested so if you are low on funds don't fret you can still donate what you can!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UDecember 14, 2014
    Great educational museum. This museum is the Night at the Museum movies. And at Christmas time, they have a beautiful origami tree out. A lot of things to see beyond dinosaurs, animals and people
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Elijah M.
    It was a really incredible experience to see the unknown in the AMNH. Loved the Dino exhibit and the prehistoric times. A bit of advice: Don't go when it's super crowded! 😋
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Epicuro Mx
    Epicuro MxAugust 28, 2017
    It's huuuuge. Gonna spend some time in here, but still everything is pretty much amazing. Worth visiting and choosing it on those 3 o 5 deal packages. City pass
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Vanessa B.
    Vanessa BorgesOctober 12, 2016
    Great museum with a lot of dinosaurs! The museum offers special IMAX exhibitions. We've seen both Dark Universe and National Parks adventure. I loved!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkNovember 5, 2013
    Whether you're a kid or a kid at heart this place is wondrous! Take your time & plan to take at least a couple hours! Don't skip the planetarium experience; it is tons of educational, adventurous fun!
  • Wendeline F.
    The American Museum of Natural History is huge, so make sure that you have enough time to visit. If you only have a few hours, I would recommend seeing the African Mammals and the Birds of the World.
  • Abdulrahman F.
    Abdulrahman FetyaniApril 3, 2016
    Absolutely one day not enough to this huge museum, but we have 6 hours here😊 Do not came day after trip to The Met, take a day off between two museums but it worth it, words can't describe it👍🏻👌🏻
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Nahid
    NahidJuly 9, 2014
    Love the museum. You get a choice of a movie in 3D or 2D. Great place for kids and families. Animals, culture, history, dinosaurs and minerals.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 26, 2014
    Don’t miss the 94-foot model of a female blue whale suspended from the ceiling of the Hall of Ocean Life, the replica of the Barosaurus or the planet renderings in the Rose Center for Earth and Space.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Dante S.
    Dante SchulzJuly 3, 2013
    This place is great for children, especially the dinosaur exhibit. This is also a great place for adults as well. You can learn about gems, the human body, or different Native American tribes.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CameronAugust 6, 2013
    The Journey to the Stars Exhibit is a wonderful and worth the extra money. My 8 and 9 year old sons loved it! The entire museum is incredible. The dinosaur exhibit was a favorite.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkNovember 23, 2011
    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
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Mike C.
    Mike CamptonMarch 26, 2013
    Dedicate half a day here. Come at 10am for opening and don't leave until 5.45pm when they close. You still won't be able to see everything. Also, pay the $25.50 to see all the special exhibits.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Dan S.
    Dan SohaydaMarch 20, 2016
    A New York City must see. If you're going on a Saturday afternoon either buy tickets ahead of time or use the kiosks around the perimeter of the entrance.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • ArtNerdNewYork
    ArtNerdNewYorkMay 6, 2012
    I always loved the idea of the time capsule. There’s one I mentioned at the 1939 World’s Fair site in Queens, not to be opened until 6939 AD. There’s the one in my parents’ back yard that I buried... Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • NASA
    NASADecember 7, 2010
    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
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Adam S.
    Adam SherlipApril 24, 2013
    One of the worlds preeminent museums, with dinosaurs, meteors, and a couple of animals actually killed by Teddy Roosevelt. The planetarium is among the best & Central Park is across the street!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Mariana B.
    Mariana BernasconiMay 16, 2013
    Do the highlights tour! We went with a sweet older lady guide and she was fantastic! Wish I knew her name to write the museum a praise letter! The otherwise intimidating museum become fun and exciting
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Flavio C.
    Flavio CorderoMarch 9, 2017
    This place is amazing! You need at least 1.5 days to see it all! It is a very interesting, beautiful and funny place for everyone! The museum is a MUST if you are visiting NY!!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 28, 2013
    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.
 Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Erin C.
    Erin ClarkeDecember 14, 2013
    The current exhibits - Dark Universe, The Power of Poison and Frogs: A Chorus of Colors are great! But give yourself about a day if you want to do them all and explore the rest of the museum.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • J
    JDecember 20, 2015
    The Butterfly Conservatory, Dark Universe and Secret Ocean Movies are not to be missed!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Kelly C.
    Kelly CarmanMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    this is my most favoritest place in NYC since i was a little kid. check out their special programs: SciCafe, Global Kitchen and any tweet ups they might have. love love love!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Vuk M.
    Vuk MilanovicOctober 21, 2015
    This place is huge. Take one of the floor maps for sure. Personal favorites are the real dinosaur fossils and the special exhibitions that change. Oh and of course the planetarium.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimNovember 1, 2014
    Given the number of stairs in this place, consider taking the elevators up to the fourth floor and then touring the museum from the top down. Your feet will appreciate it.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • AlAnoud A.
    AlAnoud AlGhunaimAugust 18, 2017
    Bring the kids, forget the time❤️ absolutely fun and well managed, both children and adults will have a splendid time. You'll step out full of knowledge, it'll freak you.
    NYC-ARTSJuly 2, 2012
    The Rose Center encompasses the Hayden Planetarium & exhibitions that explore the vast range of sizes in the cosmos, the 13-billion-year history of the universe, the features of planet Earth & more! Read more
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Catherine E.
    Catherine EastmanOctober 13, 2014
    The entire museum is a must see. I was elated to have wifi, since my husband was able to have a virtual tour of the museum at the same time. It was fantastic.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Jared W.
    Jared WickFebruary 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Use the north side entrance to avoid long lines! Crowds build up around 11am. Start with the BIG items like dinosaurs and the blue whale. The Planetarium is also a must.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • TheParrisFoundation
    TheParrisFoundationOctober 23, 2011
    From dinosaurs to space, they have it all. It’s best to have an idea of the exhibits you’d like to explore, prior to your visit. There’s a lot to see & nearly impossible to cover everything in 1 day.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • a blissful life.
    a blissful life.April 5, 2013
    A blue whale hanging from the ceiling, dinosaurs galore, and an awesome planetarium? What's not to love! Don't forget to get a treat afterward across the street at Shake Shack!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KarranFebruary 3, 2015
    Feel like a kid again and look up at the stars, or the giant whale, or the giant T-Rex. Fall in love with all of the exhibits and go through time. Best way to enter is through the side entrance!
  • Malene H.
    Malene HaldMay 6, 2016
    Start from the top, with the dinosaurs, and work your way down. Don't miss the bottom floor, where they keep the giant blue whale and some of the most beautiful displays of forrest.
  • Lloyd
    LloydMay 11, 2013
    1 of the best museums NY has to offer. Great collections of American and international artifacts/animal display. A must visit when in NY! Where 'A Night at the Museum' was filmed.
  • Sophie B.
    Sophie BakalarJuly 24, 2015
    My absolute favorite museum in the city. Try to get to an after-hours party if you can: the museum is even cooler when it's empty.
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AframOctober 29, 2017
    North American Forests is an oft-neglected, but beautiful exhibit. 🌳🌲
    Upvoted Oct 29, 2017
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