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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.



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.

From north of New York City: Please visit the Metro-North Railroad website for maps and schedule information.

From Long Island: Please visit the Long Island Railroad website for maps and schedule information.

From New Jersey: Please visit the New Jersey Transit website for maps and schedule information.

From outside the New York City Metro area: Please visit the Amtrak website for route and schedule information and to purchase tickets.

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.

John F. Kennedy International Airport

LaGuardia Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport

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).


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.

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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.


Affinia Manhattan (formerly Southgate Tower): 371 Seventh Avenue (at 37 St.) Tel: 212 563-1800

Ameritania: 1701 Broadway (at 54 St.) Tel: 212 247-5000

The Amsterdam Inn: 76th Street at Amsterdam Avenue Tel: 212 579-7500

Belleclaire Hotel: 250 West 77 Street Tel: 877-468-3522

Belnord: 209 West 87 Street Tel: 866-764-7960

Comfort Inn Central Park: 31 West 71 Street Tel: 1-800-228-5150

Excelsior Hotel: 45 West 81 Street Tel: 212 362-9200

The Grant Hotel: 306 West 94 Street Tel: 866 764-7960

Hotel Beacon: 2130 Broadway (at 75 St.) Tel: 212 787-1100

Hotel Lucerne: 201 West 79 Street Tel: 212 875-1000

The Milburn Hotel: 242 West 76 Street Tel: 212 362-1006

On the Avenue: Broadway & 77th Street Tel: 212 362-1100

Park 79 Hotel: 117 West 79 Street Tel: 866 3-PARK79

Radisson Empire Hotel: 44 West 63 Street Tel: 212 265-7400

Riverside Tower Hotel: 80 Riverside Drive Tel: 1-800-724-3136

Wellington Hotel: 871 Seventh Avenue Tel: 212 247-3900

Hotel Alternatives

YMCA: 5 West 63 Street Tel: 212 875-4200/4273

International House: 500 Riverside Drive Tel: 212 316-8436

Women’s Residences

Residencial Centro Maria: 539 West 54 Street (bet. 10 & 11 Aves.) Tel: 212 757-6989

St. Agnes Residence: 237 West 74 Street Tel: 212 874-1361

St. Mary’s Residence: 225 East 72 Street Tel: 212 249-6850

For Students

Central Park Hostel: 19 West 103 Street Tel: 212 678-0491

NY International AYH - Hostel: 891 Amsterdam Avenue Tel: 212 932-2300

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.

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Restaurants and Dining

There are several options for dining in and around the Museum, offering many different styles of food at all price points.

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.

Outside the Museum

This list is intended to provide a service for visitors unfamiliar with the area. The American Museum of Natural History does not endorse any of the restaurants listed below. 

Delis, Coffee Shops, Sandwiches

Alice’s Teacup: 102 West 73rd Street (just off Columbus Ave.)

Bagel Talk: 368 Amsterdam Ave. (between 77th and 78th

Café Lalo: 201 West 83rd St. (between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.)

Chirpin’ Chicken: 77th Street and Amsterdam Ave.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: 392 Columbus Ave. (at the corner of 79th St.) 

Columbus Gourmet Foods: 261 Columbus Ave. (at 72nd Street)

Good Enough to Eat: 483 Amsterdam Ave. (between 83rd and 84th

The Great Burrito Mexican Kitchen: 405 Amsterdam Ave. (between 79th and 80th

H&H Bagels: 2239 Broadway (at the corner of 80th St.)

Lenny’s: 302 Columbus Ave. (between 74th and 75th

Muffins Café: 222 Columbus Ave. (between 70th and 71st)

Sarabeth’s West: 423 Amsterdam Ave. (at 80th St.)

Starbucks Coffee: 338 Columbus Ave. (at the corner of 76th St.) 

World Coffee: 416 Columbus Ave. (at the corner of 80th St.)

Sit-Down Restaurants (many also offer take-out options)

Café Con Leche (Cuban): 424 Amsterdam Ave. (between 80th and 81st

Café Frida (Mexican): 77th St. and Columbus Ave.

Café Ronda (Spanish Tapas): 249 Columbus Ave (between 71st and 72nd)

Calle Ocho (Pan-Latin): 446 Columbus Ave. (between 81st and 82nd)

China Fun: 246 Columbus Ave. (between 71st and 72nd

Coppolla’s West (Italian): 206 West 79th Street (at the corner of Amsterdam Ave.)

Flor de Mayo (Peruvian): 484 Amsterdam Ave. (between 81st and 82nd)

Fred’s (American): 476 Amsterdam Ave. (at 83rd St.)

Josie’s Restaurant (Vegetarian): 300 Amsterdam Ave. (at 74th St.)

Land Thai Kitchen  (Thai): 450 Amsterdam Ave. (between 81st and 82nd

Isabella’s (Nouvelle Cuisine): 77th St. and Columbus Ave.

Ozu Restaurant (Japanese Vegetarian): 566 Amsterdam Ave. (between 87th and 88th)

Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill (Italian): 81st St. and Columbus Ave.

Sido Falafel and More (Mediterranean): 267 Columbus Ave. (between 72nd and 73rd)

Swagat (Indian): 411A Amsterdam Avenue (between 79th and 80th)

Tenzan (Japanese): Columbus Ave. (between 73rd and 74th)

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open daily from 10 am - 5:45 pm
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
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