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American Museum of Natural History: Guide to exhibits and events

A guide to the American Museum of Natural History, including the dinosaur halls, the Hayden Planetarium and other AMNH exhibits. Plus: Nearby family attractions

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    American Museum of Natural History

  • Photograph: Denis Finnin

    The World’s Largest Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History

  • American Museum of Natural History

  • American Museum of Natural History

  • Photograph: Courtesy AMNH

    American Museum of Natural History

  • Photograph: AMNH/D. Finnin

    American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space

  • Photograph: © AMNH\D. Finnin

    American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space

  • Photograph: © AMNH\C. Chesek

    American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space

Photograph: Marielle Solan

American Museum of Natural History


No matter which wing you wander through or where your little one’s curiosities lie (dinosaurs, ocean life, space), it’s hard to explore the Upper West Side's American Museum of Natural History, one of our favorite family attractions in the city, without being awestruck. The thrills begin when you cross the threshold of the newly renovated Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and spot the rotunda’s hulking Barosaurus skeleton replica. Head to the fourth-floor dinosaur halls and you’ll find astonishing fossil specimens. When the kids tire of dinos, make your way to the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life to gawk at the famed 94-foot-long blue whale model. You'll also want to stop by the Rose Center for Earth and Center and visit the Hayden Planetarium. Keep an eye out for special exhibits throughout the year at the American Museum of Natural History—recent favorites have included "Spiders Alive!" and "Our Global Kitchen" and seasonal activities for Halloween and Kwanzaa. Read through our guide to the AMNH (including great family restaurants near the museum!), then head to the UWS for an afternoon outing.

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How to buy tickets to the American Museum of Natural History: Visit amnh.org to buy tickets (including general admission tickets, general admission plus one tickets and super saver admission). Tickets can also be bought at the American Museum of Natural History. 

How to become a member of the American Museum of Natural History: Visit amnh.org to learn about memebership benefits, including free admission and special access to exhibits.

How to support the American Museum of Natural History: Visit amnh.org to donate online to the museum—donations help support school visits, scientific research and conservation efforts.

AMNH ticketing information

American Museum of Natural History

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Home to the largest and arguably most fabulous collection of dinosaur fossils in the world, AMNH’s fourth-floor dino halls have been blowing kids' minds for decades. Roughly 80 percent of the bones on display were actually dug out of the ground; the rest are casts. The thrills begin when you cross

  1. Central Park West, (at 79th St)
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Exhibits and attractions at the AMNH

"The Power of Poison"

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Ever wondered what Cleopatra fed her foes? In this exhibit at

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Until Sun Aug 10
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Rose Center for Earth and Space

  • Price band: 1/4

The American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center was founded

  1. 5 W 81st St, (between Central Park West and Columbus Ave)
  2. Ongoing
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Address
Central Park West
Upper West Side
New York

Cross street
at 79th St

Phone
212-769-5100

Website
amnh.org

Transportation
Subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History; 1 to 79th St

How to get to the American Museum of Natural History



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