American Museum of Natural History

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  • Address:

    American Museum of Natural History Central Park West
    Upper West Side
    New York
    10024

  • Cross Street:

    at 79th St

  • Venue phone:

    212-769-5100

  • Venue website:

    amnh.org

  • Opening hours:

    Daily 10am–5:45pm

  • Transport:

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

  • Price:

    Suggested donation $22, seniors and students $17, children 2–12 $12.50, children under 2 free. Special exhibits $27, seniors and students $22, children 2–12 $16, children under 2 free

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    1. American Museum of Natural History
      • Central Park West
        Upper West Side
        New York
        10024
      • 212-769-5100
      • amnh.org
      • 40.781321,-73.973075

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Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins

Antiquities, Natural history & wildlife

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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 visitors to feel the similarities and differences between various...

Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins
  1. Wed Oct 22 – Wed Dec 31
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. $22, Seniors/Students $17, Children (2-1...
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Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites

Science & technology

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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.

Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites
  1. Wed Oct 22 – Wed Dec 31
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. $22, Seniors/Students $17, Children (2-1...
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"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"

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Temperatures climb to a balmy 80 degrees in the 1,200-square-foot vivarium, returning for its 16th year. The 500 specimens flying around include monarchs, zebra longwings and iridescent blue morpho butterflies.

"The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter"
  1. Sat Nov 1 – Mon May 25 2015
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. $25, seniors and students $19, children...
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Halloween Celebration at AMNH

Things to Do, Food & drink

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As if the usual dinosaur skeletons and other bones weren't haunting enough, more than 30 of the museum's halls will sport chilling decor for this holiday event. Kids can trick-or-treat and make arts and crafts. All ages.  

Halloween Celebration at AMNH

Mysteries of the Unseen World

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Using high-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy and nanotechnology, this exhibitreveals the thriving microscopic world that is invisible to the naked eye. We may never look at a nondisinfected surface the same way again.

Mysteries of the Unseen World
  1. Wed Oct 22 – Wed Dec 31
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. $13.50–$27
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"Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs"

Museums & Attractions

This show is all about pterosaurs, the fascinating flying relatives of dinosaurs that are, if anything, even more enchanting than their earth-bound contemporaries. Visitors will learn that these creatures, who evolved about 220 million years ago, were...

"Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs"
  1. Thu Jan 1 2015 – Sun Jan 4 2015
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. Suggested admission $22, children ages 2...
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“Spiders Alive!”

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Be thankful that the live specimens featured here are behind glass. We’re not sure what we’d do if we saw a foot-long Goliath bird-eater roaming around Central Park (lucky for us, it’s native to South America). It’s worth getting over your arachnophobia...

“Spiders Alive!”
  1. Wed Oct 22 – Sun Nov 2
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. $25, seniors and students $19, children...
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Linda

This museum is on the "must do list" for anyone coming to NYC, particularly with children between 5 and 16. It's got something for everyone, from the dinosaur collection (must be the largest in the world, really) to the Planetarium show (narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, no less!). The only negatives are that it can be costly if you have 2 adults and 2 kids, so you may as well purchase a membership so you can come back and spend more time with the many exhibits, in addition to seeing the IMAX movie (we saw the one on Flying Monsters, narrated by David Attenborough....excellent!). Also the food in the cafe', while providing a nice variety, is NY-style pricey (but my son thought the cheeseburger was perfect, so it was worth the $10).