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Exhibits and attractions at the American Museum of Natural History

Read about the best exhibits and attractions at the American Museum of the Natural History, including favorites like the big blue whale and the dinosaurs.


From the fourth-floor dinosaur halls to the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life and the Hayden Planetarium, there are tons of must-see exhibits and attractions at the American Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side. Keep an eye out for special exhibits and attractions at the American Museum of Natural History throughout the year.

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Exhibits and attractions at the American Museum of Natural History

Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins

  • Price band: 2/4

The former Human Biology and Evolution Hall has evolved into an interactive space that retraces mankind’s progressively upright journey from ape to Homo sapiens. Two touch tables allow kids to feel the similarities and differences between various hominid bones.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites

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This exhibit explores our 4.5-billion-year-old solar system through interactive displays and specimens, including the 34-ton Ahnighito meteorite, discovered by Admiral Peary during an 1894 arctic expedition.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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Theodore Roosevelt Memorial

Celebrate the iconic museum's founder by paying the new memorial wing a visit. The American Museum of Natural History's entrance along Central Park West is shrouded no more. Gone are the scaffolds and enormous drapes through which visitors passed during the three-year, $40 million renovation of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, the 1936 tribute to the man often called the Conservation President for his legacy of preserving the nation's wilderness and its wildlife. We know now what the hype is all about after taking a guided tour of the memorial and the refurbished Hall of North American Mammals. (Though not part of the memorial, the hall reopens to the public on the same day.) Here are five great ways to introduce your crew to an amazing New Yorker, his contagious love of the natural world and the institution we just named the best NYC museum for kids to visit. Be part of the museum's opening-day partyThe AMNH is feting the newly renovated Roosevelt Memorial with a family-friendly opening-day shindig on Saturday, October 27, what would have been the 154th birthday of the nation's 26th president. Kids can watch live-animal presentations featuring owls, falcons and hawks; learn about Central Park's birds with expert-led tours in the park; take part in hands-on activities like leaf-printing or starting a nature journal; watch performances by the Central Park Zoo's Wildlife Theater; and listen to music by a ragtime pianist. The museum is also holding a special edition of its an

Rose Center for Earth and Space (at the American Museum of Natural History)

  • Price band: 1/4

The American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center was founded in 2000. It is home to the Hayden Planetarium, daily Space Shows and an IMAX auditorium.

  1. 5 W 81st St, (between Central Park West and Columbus Ave)
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