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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

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Photograph: Marielle Solan
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Photograph: Denis Finnin
The World’s Largest Dinosaurs at the American Museum of Natural History
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Photograph: Courtesy AMNH
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Photograph: AMNH/D. Finnin
American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space
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Photograph: © AMNH\D. Finnin
American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space
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Photograph: © AMNH\C. Chesek
American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space

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: Visitamnh.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.

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