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Discovery Room


The Discovery Room is a great way to introduce the wonders of the museum to your Pre-K-2nd grade students! The Museum is filled with rich scientific knowledge, priceless artifacts, and amazing collections from all over the world. Begin your experience with hands-on exploration in a quiet, safe, and immersive exhibition space. The program is one hour in length and introduces teachers, students, and parent/caregivers to the nature of science, the tools scientists use, and shared-inquiry investigations. We offer programs for Pre-K classes and K-2nd grade students on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.
 Student Activities (K-2nd grade):

  • Experience a guided exploration of the process of fossilization.
  • Excavate dinosaur fossils on a paleontology dig site and reconstruct the skeleton of a 14-foot prehistoric reptile.
  • Grab your imaginary observation binoculars and survey wildlife in a replica of an African Baobab tree.

Student Activities (Pre-K):

  • Discover how dinosaur bones ended up buried in the desert and try your hand at excavating them.
  • Explore the features of various animal groups while surveying the wildlife in an African Baobab tree.
  • Enjoy facilitated free exploration time in the Discovery Room for you and your students.


Reservations for October 2015 through January 2016 opened on October 1st and are first-come, first-served. There are still spaces available for the fall, so book soon before they run out. Reservations for February 2016 through May 2016 will begin on January 2, 2016 and are first-come, first-served. Please state the name of your school, grade level, names of teachers, number of students, two desired dates, and return email address or telephone number. There is an $85 fee for booking a Discovery Room program.

Please note: There must be one adult chaperone for every five students. The maximum is 20 students for Pre-K and 28 students for grades K-2.

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The Discovery Room was made possible by a grant from the Edward John Noble Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by Capital One Bank, the Ralph M. Cestone Foundation, Nora and Ted Weinreich, the V. and L. Marx Foundation, the Ducommun and Gross Family Foundation, the Daneker Family, the Larkin Family, and the Alice Lawrence Foundation, Inc.

The Family Science Program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the New York City Council.

Early Childhood and Family Learning at the American Museum of Natural History provides exciting science learning opportunities for young children and families through OLogy, the Discovery Room, the Science and Nature Program, and Public Programs.

Support for Early Childhood and Family Learning has been provided by the Filomen M. D'Agostino Foundation, John and Amy Griffin, Allison and Roberto Mignone, Sylvain Mirochnikoff and Rebekah Mercer, Sharmila and Ravi Sinha, and Beth Kobliner Shaw and David E. Shaw.

Additional funding has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer D. A. Sackler, Amy and John Jacobsson, Jonathan and Kristy Korngold, and Kimberly and Greg Lippmann, Shaiza Rizavi and Jonathan Friedland, and Joella and John Lykouretzos.

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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