Terms & Conditions

The American Museum of Natural History established AMNH Expeditions in 1953, the first museum educational travel program in the country. Its educational travel programs reflect past and current areas of science and exploration by the curators of the Museum and provide a combination of study and adventure.

Participation in AMNH Expeditions is a benefit of membership and helps support the Museum’s mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate—through scientific research and education—knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe.


Responsibility Statement AMNH Expeditions (AMNHE) appoints professional tour operators to manage and operate tours as independent contractors. Throughout these Terms and Conditions, references to “we” or “us” refer to the American Museum of Natural History and tour operators (TO).

AMNH provides the educational enrichment and the study leader/s for the tour. The TO acts only as agent for any transportation carrier, hotel, ground operator, or other suppliers of services connected with this tour (referred to herein as “providers”), who in turn are solely responsible and liable for providing their respective services. The passenger tickets in use by the carriers shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the passenger—the carriers are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time participants are not aboard their conveyances. 

We shall not be held liable for (A) any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to, or death of, persons occasioned directly or indirectly by an act or omission of any other provider, including but not limited to any defect in any aircraft, watercraft, or vehicle operated or provided by such other provider, and (B) any loss or damage due to delay, cancellation, or disruption in any manner caused by the laws, regulations, acts or failures to act, demands, orders, or interpositions of any government or any subdivision or agent thereof, or by acts of God, strikes, fire, flood, war, rebellion, terrorism, insurrection, sickness, quarantine, epidemics, theft, or any other cause/s beyond our control. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant.

 By registering for an AMNH Expedition, the participant acknowledges and agrees to the Responsibility Statement and the Terms and Conditions herein. The participant waives and releases any claim against us for any such loss, damage, injury, or death, and each participant is required to sign a confirmation of such waiver and release as a condition for participating in the tour. If the program that you enroll in has a U.S. Department of State travel warning in effect for a destination on the program, you will receive a copy of the travel warning upon confirmation along with an additional Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement. You can rest assured that the safety of our travelers is of the utmost importance to us and we continually monitor the political and security situation within the destinations on each itinerary.

Eligibility and Health Requirements Anyone under 18 at the commencement of the trip must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for the entire program. There is no upper age limit; however, all participants must be in good physical and mental health.

By paying the deposit for passage, the passenger certifies that he/she does not have any physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other passengers. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diet, or treatment must be reported in writing on the passenger information form sent to you upon confirmation onto the expedition. All reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate special diets and treatment; however, we cannot guarantee special arrangements. We reserve the right to decline to accept any person as a member of an expedition or to require any traveler to withdraw from an expedition at his or her own expense at any time when such action is determined by the tour staff to be in the best interest of the health, safety, and general welfare of the expedition group or individual expedition members.

Basis of Rates All prices are per person based on two sharing a room or cabin, and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars. Per person rates for single, triple, or quad occupancy may be available if not already noted. Please inquire. The rates are based on current airfares, tariffs, fuel costs, and currency values, which are all subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. The prices are based on the minimum number of participants specified in the pricing joining the expedition. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change. Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added to your tour price. If it is necessary to levy a surcharge we reserve the right to do so with notification prior to trip departure.

Single Travelers A limited number of single rooms are available at extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis, but availability cannot be guaranteed. We make every effort to match single travelers who request a roommate. Neither a single room nor a share can be guaranteed. Participants will be notified if we are unsuccessful in finding a suitable roommate. In this case, the single supplement will be charged.

Deposits, Payments, Cancellations, & Refunds Reservations may be placed by calling AMNHE or via web at Submitting an online reservation request does not guarantee confirmation; AMNHE will reply within two business days regarding the status of your reservation. Deposit and final payment requirements are described in the specific trip brochure. Full payment is required for reservations made after the final payment date. Acceptable forms of payment are check, credit card, or wire transfer for the deposit. Final payment is due by check or wire transfer only; credit cards are not accepted for final payment. By submitting your deposit, you are bound by the terms and conditions detailed in the specific trip brochure.

Cancellation by Traveler Cancellations are subject to fees as described in the specific trip brochure.

Cancellation by AMNH Expeditions We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically unfeasible to operate or because of good-faith concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If we cancel an expedition prior to departure, you will receive a full refund of monies paid to us or a credit for future travel equivalent to the monies paid to us, or a combination thereof. If we cancel the trip in progress, you will receive a prorated refund based on the number of days not completed on the expedition. 

Travel Insurance For your protection, trip cancellation and travel insurance is strongly recommended. Detailed information will be provided with your reservation confirmation. This insurance is at an additional cost and is available up until you make final payment for the expedition.

Air Tickets Purchased Independent of the Tour We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since departure times and flights can change. Tours also can be cancelled due to low enrollments. We do not accept liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with a tour.

Itinerary Changes The itineraries and study leader staff that are presented in the brochure are subject to modification and change. Every reasonable effort will be made to operate programs as planned, but alterations may still occur without allowance of refund. 

Smoking Policy For the comfort of all participants, we ask that there be no smoking during all group activities, including excursions and meals.