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The Discovery Squad

The American Museum of Natural History is proud to introduce The Discovery Squad, a unique tour program designed for families affected by autism spectrum disorders. The program was developed in collaboration with the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 

On selected Saturday mornings, children on the autism spectrum ages 5–14, accompanied by an adult, can attend a 40-minute tour lead by specially trained Museum tour guides, then spend some time exploring the Discovery Room before the Museum opens to the public. Families are invited to stay after the tour and enjoy the Museum when it opens to the public at 10 am. 

Children ages 5–9 will discover the dioramas in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, which offers a snapshot of the plants and animals native to North America. They will then plunge into the ocean to explore the dioramas in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

Children ages 10–14 will join our guides on a paleontological adventure through the Koch Dinosaur Wing. 

Open to: 5–14 year-olds with autism spectrum disorders (Each child must be accompanied by an adult.)

Cost:  $15 for adults and $10 for children (Members $13 for adults and $8 for children)

Time:  9-10 am

Discovery Squad Dates:
Saturday, April, 18, 2015 (FULL)
Saturday, May 2, 2015 (FULL)
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Saturday, July 11th, 2015
Saturday, August 1st, 2015
Saturday, September 5th, 2015
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Saturday, December 5th, 2015
Saturday, January 9th, 2016
Saturday, February 6th, 2016
Saturday, March 5th, 2016
*(October 2015 tour date will be coming shortly)

Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Walk-ins will not be accepted. Programs may be subject to change.

To register for a Discovery Squad tour, please call Central Reservations at

212-769-5200, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. 

For additional information, please call 212-313-7565 or email

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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