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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 Bill Moody.  Bill has been an ASL interpreter for over 40 years, in New York City for over 30 years.  He interprets in public schools and free lances in interpreting for the theater, Broadway and off-Broadway, for businesses, for conferences, and museums.  He also interprets frequently in International Sign for the World Federation of the Deaf and various UN agencies.

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

Earthquakes and Tsunamis
Saturday, May 2 
A tsunami devastated the Andaman Islands and the surrounding area on Boxing Day in 2004. More than 230,000 people were killed. What caused the tsunami? Could we have predicted it? Why did so many people die? What have we done since then to prepare for any recurrence? These and other questions will be addressed in a sign language tour of the Hall of Planet Earth. We will find out what causes earthquakes and tsunamis. We will also discuss other recent events such as the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 and its effects on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.

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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