New York attractions: The American Museum of Natural History

A complete guide to the American Museum of Natural History: find ticketing information and current exhibits. Plus: The best things to do nearby.

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No matter which wing you wander through or where your curiosities lie (dinosaurs, gems or something else entirely), it’s hard to explore the American Museum of Natural History without being awestruck. You’ll immediately spot the rotunda’s hulking Barosaurus skeleton replica, but delving further into the museum’s collection, you’ll find actual specimens, such as Deinonychus, in the fourth-floor fossil halls. When you tire of dinos, head to the human-origins and culture halls to learn more about our evolutionary history, or gawk at the famed 94-foot-long blue-whale model in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Lastly, don’t miss the Rose Center for Earth & Space, where you can discover the universe via 3-D and light shows in the IMAX auditorium and the Hayden Planetarium.

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  • American Museum of Natural History

  • Dynamic Earth Globe, Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth

  • The Dzanga-Sangha rainforest diorama in the Hall of Biodiversity

  • The Blue Whale, Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

  • Giant Sequoia, North American Forests

  • Dioramas, North American Mammals

  • Chinese Wedding Chair, Gardner D. Stout Hall of Asian Peoples

  • Colossal Olmec Head, Mexico and Central America

  • The Reticulated Python, Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex, Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs.

  • Pterosaur skeletons, Hall of Vertebrate Origins

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History venue and ticketing information

American Museum of Natural History

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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 the threshold of the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, where you’re confronted with a towering barosaurus rearing up on its hind legs to protect its young from an attacking allosaurus—an impressive welcome to the world’s largest museum of its kind.

  1. Central Park West, (at 79th St)
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Museums and attractions near the American Museum of Natural History

Central Park

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  1. 59th St to 110th St, (between Fifth and Eighth Aves)
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New-York Historical Society

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  1. 170 Central Park West, (between 76th and 77th Sts)
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American Folk Art Museum

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  1. 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, (at 66th St)
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Museum of Arts & Design

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  1. 2 Columbus Circle, (at Broadway)
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  1. Central Park South, (at Central Park West)
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  1. 1000 Fifth Ave, (at 82nd St)
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Bard Graduate Center

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  1. 18 W 86th St, (between Central Park West and Columbus Ave)
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  1. 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, (at 66th St)
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