Travel, Lodging, and Dining

The American Museum of Natural History is located on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, in New York City. The Museum’s 26 buildings encompass several city blocks – from 77th Street to 81st Street, along Central Park West. Symposium and conference participants will use the Museum’s 77th Street entrance, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

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Travel

By subway: The B (weekdays only) or C train to 81st Street.  The 1 train stops two blocks west of the Museum at Broadway and West 79th Street.  For a detailed subway map visit the Metropolitan Transit Authority website.

By bus: The M79 bus travels east/west on West 79th Street across Central Park, with a stop next to the Museum on West 81st Street.  Other buses stop at or near the Museum, including the M7, M10, M11, M86, and M104 buses.  For more information on local bus transportation visit the Metropolitan Transit Authority website.

Traveling to and from New York City airports

Here are some helpful links with information about bus, shuttle, train, and taxi service between New York City’s major airports and the Museum.

Airport Bus Service:

Bus service into Manhattan is available from each of New York City’s major airports.  Information on bus service can be found at the airport websites listed above.  Buses depart every 15 – 30 minutes and the one-way fare is between $10 and $15.  The bus ride into Manhattan can be 25 – 60 minutes long, depending on traffic conditions.  Buses deliver passengers to the Port Authority Bus Terminal (West 42nd Street & 8th Avenue), Pennsylvania Station (West 32nd Street and 7th Avenue), Grand Central Station (East 42nd Street and Park Avenue), and Bryant Park (42nd Street and 6th Avenue).  Subway service is available from each of these locations (see above for subway information).

AirTrain:

From John F. Kennedy International Airport: The JFK AirTrain connects the airport to the New York City subway system.  The ride from the airport is approximately one hour.  The AirTrain fare is $5 (which does not include additional subway fare).  For detailed information visit the AirTrain website.

From Newark Liberty International Airport:The AirTrain Newark connects the airport to regional public transit systems.  The ride from the airport to Midtown Manhattan is approximately 25 minutes.  The AirTrain Newark fare is $5.50 (which does not include additional train or bus fare).  For detailed information, visit the AirTrain Newark website.

SuperShuttle Airport Van Service: SuperShuttle service is available from the three major New York City area airports.  The cost varies from $15 - $25 depending on your destination.  The shuttle will deliver you directly to your destination; however the ride length varies greatly depending on how many passengers on are the shuttle and how many stops the shuttle has to make.  If you are traveling with others you can book as a group.  Visit the SuperShuttle website to make reservations.

Taxi Service:

Taxi to/from LaGuardia Airport: The ride from the airport to the Upper West Side is approximately 20 – 40 minutes, and the fare is $20 - $30, plus tolls, tax, and tip.

Taxi to/from John F. Kennedy International Airport: The ride from the airport to the Upper West Side is approximately 30 – 60 minutes, and there is a special flat fare of $45 plus tolls, tax, and tip.

Taxi to/from Newark Liberty International Airport: The ride from the airport to the Upper West Side is approximately 30 – 60 minutes.  The fare is $40 - $50, plus tolls, $15 interstate surcharge, and tip.

General Advice About New York City Taxis:
  • Go directly to clearly marked taxi dispatch areas at airports, and train and bus terminals.  Do not accept rides from drivers standing inside the airport or train/bus terminal.
  • Do not accept rides from unmarked taxis or those without fare meters.  New York City taxicabs are yellow and clearly marked, with a fare meter on the dashboard.
  • Payment: All taxis accept cash.  Many accept credit cards as well but it is a good idea to check with the driver before you get in the taxi if you intend to pay with a credit card.
  • Tipping: Standard tip is 15 – 20% of the meter fare, plus one dollar per bag if the driver assists with luggage.
  • Tolls: Most routes into Manhattan use a bridge or tunnel requiring payment of a toll ($13), which will be added for the total fare.  Taxis to/from Newark Airport also require that their return toll be paid.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Taxi drivers are not permitted to engage the fare meter until a disabled passenger has been settled into the vehicle and the ride is about to commence. 
  • Luggage: There is no extra charge for luggage or use of the taxicab’s trunk.  The driver may assist you with your luggage but is not required to do so.
        

Lodging (in alphabetical order)

The following hotels and hostels are located within walking distance or a quick subway or bus ride to the museum.  This list is intended to provide a service to visitors unfamiliar with the area. The American Museum of Natural History does not endorse any of the hotels listed, nor does the Museum assume responsibility for securing reservations.

Hotels
Hotel Alternatives
Women’s Residences

Other lodging options as well as competitive rates may be found via online discount travel services including Expedia, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Kayak, Priceline, or Hotwire

                   

Restaurants and Dining

In the Museum

The Museum has a Food Court offering prepared and hot food, and two Cafés serving sandwiches, salads, and beverages.  Visit the Museum’s Dining page for more information.

Around the Museum
              

Maps and Guides

There are a number of maps and free travel guides for New York City that you can download as a pdf. The American Museum of Natural History does not endorse any of the resources listed below.