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Hard of Hearing or Deaf

Infrared assistive listening devices (headsets and neck loops) are available upon request in the following locations:
  • The Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Theater
  • Kaufmann and Linder Theaters
  • Hayden Planetarium Space Theater
  • Big Bang Theater
Rear Window captioning (RWC) is available in the LeFrak Theater for most films. Please see the theater attendant for a panel. Open captioning is provided in most exhibit theaters throughout the Museum. Sign Language interpreters may be requested for Museum programs. At least two weeks' notice is required. Please email to inquire. For additional information on accessibility at the Museum please call 212-769-5250 or email

Sign Language Tours

FREE with Museum admission.
Tours are led by a Museum guide and interpreter.

Registration is required.  All tours meet in Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, second floor.

To register email or call 212.313.7565. 

Programs with Sign Language are intended primarily for the Deaf community. ASL students may attend, but we do not sign attendance sheets.

All tours are at 1:30pm-2:30pm

Dioramas in the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals
Saturday, July 25th
The iconic dioramas of the American Museum of Natural History are known the world over and the magnificent examples in the Hall of North American Mammals are truly gems among gems. Opened in 1941 and refurbished in 2011—2012, this Hall features over 40 remarkable scenes that invite the viewer to enter another world, a world of amazing animals and magical landscapes. This hour-long tour will focus on some of the most famous of the dioramas in the Hall, including the Alaskan Brown Bear, the Bison—Pronhorn display, and one of the few nighttime dioramas in the museum: The Minnesota wolves. You’ll not only learn about how the dioramas were constructed (some took nearly two years to make!) but how each of these treasures combines art, science, and history to tell a story about North America and its extraordinary array of wildlife.

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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