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. Thu Dec 18 – 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. Thu Dec 18 – 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"

Museums & Attractions

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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. Thu Dec 18 – Mon May 25 2015
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. $25, seniors and students $19, children...
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Kwanzaa 2014: Our Brightest Lights

Natural history & wildlife, Things to Do

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Hanukkah and Christmas may be over, but the 2013 holiday season isn’t done yet: Thursday 26 through Wednesday 1 marks Kwanzaa, a week long commemoration of African-American heritage and culture. At this family-friendly fest you can catch dance, theater...

Kwanzaa 2014: Our Brightest Lights
  1. Sat Dec 27
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. Free with museum admission, vendor and f...
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Kwanzaa 2014: Our Brightest Lights

Things to Do

  • Free

Tony Award–winning tap dancer Savion Glover headlines the American Museum of Natural History's 36th annual Kwanzaa ceremony hosted by the artistic director of Yaffa Cultural Arts, Linda Humes.

  1. Sat Dec 27
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. Free with museum admission
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Live Wolf Encounter

Museums & Attractions

  • $

Not only will kids learn the significance of the highly endangered gray wolf’s role in a healthy ecosystem, they's also get to meet Atka, an Arctic gray wolf visiting from the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, NY. Ages 4 to 11.

Lonesome George

Museums & Attractions, Things to Do

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When the Pinta Island tortoise known as Lonesome George died in 2012, his species of giant reptiles—native to the Galápagos Islands—became extinct. Preserved as experts believed he looked when he roamed the earth, the tortoise is on display through Jan...

  1. Thu Dec 18 – Sun Jan 4 2015
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. Suggested donation $22, seniors/students...
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Mysteries of the Unseen World

Museums & Attractions

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. Thu Dec 18 – Wed Dec 31
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. $13.50–$27
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"Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters"

Museums & Attractions, Things to Do

This latest exhibit focuses on how tornadoes, earthquakes and hurricanes have endangered humans, limiting our resources and forcing us to reflect on how we react to our environment.

  1. Thu Dec 18 – Sun Aug 9 2015
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. $22
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Origami Holiday Tree

Things to Do, Museums & Attractions

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Festooned with more than 500 meticulously hand-folded paper ornaments, this year’s tree is inspired by the museum’s new “The Power of Poison” exhibit, meaning you’ll spot toxic mushrooms, poison ivy, spiders, snails and jellyfish. In addition to the venomous...

Origami Holiday Tree
  1. Thu Dec 18 – Sun Jan 11 2015
  2. American Museum of Natural History
  3. Suggested donation $19, seniors and stud...
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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).