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.
During the museum’s mid-1990s renovation, several specimens were remodeled to incorporate new discoveries. The Tyrannosaurus rex, for instance, was once believed to have walked upright, Godzilla-style; it now stalks prey with its head lowered and tail raised parallel to the ground. These days, one of the museum's most mind-bending attractions is the Titanosaur, now officially given the name Patagotitan mayorum. The beast is about 122 feet long and stretches through two separate rooms—that's how huge it is! The herbivore would have weighed in at around 70 tons.
Don't miss out on other great opportunities to see artifacts, models and casts from centuries past, including The Hall of Human Origins (you'll see our super old cousins, the Neanderthals) and the Hall of Ocean Life, which boasts the museum's iconic 100-foot-long model of a blue whale. You'll also want to explore the Rose Center for Earth & Space if you're into space-themed fun: Hayden Planetarium and Big Bang Theater host 3-D and IMAX screenings.
Pro tip: When you get to the museum, book a time at the Discovery Room (free with admission) if you have younger ones. While much of the museum is a do-not-touch–style environment, this cool room lets kids touch fossils and other artifacts (and meet kiddos their age)! See our guide to NYC fun for dinosaur-loving kids for even more excitement.
|Venue name:||American Museum of Natural History|
Central Park West at 79th St
|Opening hours:||Daily 10am–5:45pm|
|Transport:||Subway: B, C to 81st St–Museum of Natural History; 1 to 79th St|
|Price:||Suggested donation $23, seniors and students $18, children 2–12 $12.50, children under 2 free.|
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The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter
It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which houses up to 500 butterflies living among tropical flowers. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with...Until Monday May 27 2019
The American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit explores the microbes, viruses, fungi and other organisms that live inside our bodies. According to the exhibit, our gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and they can be affected...Until Tuesday July 16 2019
Travel deep beneath the Ocean's surface to discover what lurks in the dark, cold depths of the sea with this special exhibit. Visitors learn about the new, cutting edge technologies like robotics, satellite monitoring, miniaturization, and high-definition...Natural history Until Sunday August 18 2019
A Night at the Museum Sleepover
Spend the night with dinosaurs, underwater critters and more creatures who inhabit the Museum of Natural History. Once the doors are locked, kids can roam the venue, taking in beloved exhibits and participating in cool adventures (flashlight required)....Until Sunday February 24 2019
“T. rex: The Ultimate Predator”
Prepare to dig deep like a true paleontologist thanks to "T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator." The Museum of Natural History's new exhibit will give visitors a peek into how the massive creatures came to be. Patrons will get a good look at the new findings...Natural history Monday March 11 2019 - Saturday August 1 2020
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Watson Adventures’ The Museum Strikes Back Family Scavenger Hunt
Star Wars you love, attend scavenger hunt, you must. Spend your Saturday wandering through the halls of The Museum of Natural History while on a quest for artifacts that represent the Star Wars universe. Children must have an adult accompaniment. Advanced...Quirky events Saturday March 16 2019