Membership FAQ


Purchasing and Using Your Membership

You can begin using your membership immediately! You can purchase it one of several ways:


You will receive a confirmation email that you can print and bring to the Museum for admission. Select your Membership here!

At Any Onsite Membership Desk

Membership desks are located at the main entrance at Central Park West and at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at 81st Street. New Members are issued a temporary card that can be used until the permanent cards arrive.

By Phone

To purchase your membership, call 212-769-5606 (Office hours are 9 am–5 pm, Monday-Friday). The Membership Associate assisting you will provide the membership number that can be used at the Museum to verify your membership.

To begin enjoying your benefits, simply provide your full name, membership number, or online confirmation number (if purchased online) at the membership desk for verification.

Unfortunately, we do not have reciprocity with other institutions.

Yes, you can purchase a gift membership by visiting any membership desk onsite or calling the Membership Office at 212-769-5606 during business hours. You can also download the Membership Gift Application (PDF Link below) and faxing the completed form to 212-769-5427 or mailing to:

American Museum of Natural History
ATTN: Membership Department
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192

Gift Membership Application

No, at this time we do not offer a special membership for seniors or students.

Yes. Simply give your caregiver the membership card.

Members enjoy 12 months of wonder and discovery at the Museum. For example, if you purchased a membership on June 1, 2017, it will be valid until June 30, 2018.

Membership Cards

You will receive your cards approximately three weeks after your purchase. If you do not receive them within that time, please call the Membership Office at 212-769-5606 to verify your address or to request new cards.

If you have lost your membership cards, replacement cards can be sent to you for a fee of $10. You do not need to have your card with you to visit the Museum. You can simply show your ID to anyone at the membership desk for verification. If you would like to receive a replacement membership card, please call the Membership Office at 212-769-5606.

Membership Benefits

Members enjoy complimentary General Admission to the Museum along with complimentary admission to temporary exhibitions like the new sensation Unseen Oceans.

You will need to obtain timed-entry tickets for these exhibitions at the membership desk. You will also receive at least four tickets to LeFrak Theater films and/or Unseen Oceans. Please review the benefits for each category carefully or call the Membership Office at 212-769-5606 for assistance.

Benefits of membership include a specified number of free tickets and the ability to purchase additional discounted tickets for the Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium, LeFrak Theater films, and live-animal exhibits.

Member ticket pricing is as follows:

Member Adult Member Child
General Admission FREE FREE
Temporary Exhibitions FREE FREE
Space Show $13.50 $8.00
LeFrak Theater $13.50 $8.00
Unseen Oceans $13.50 $8.00
Admission + All (all exhibitions included) $16.50 $10.00

*pricing as of August 9, 2017

Click here to register your Membership and create a profile.

If you encounter any errors while registering, please call or email the Membership Office for assistance.

You may purchase advance tickets at the discounted membership rate in person, by phone, or online.


Log in to your account. Use the "Tickets" tab on the Museum's website,, to purchase tickets for your next visit. Any applicable discounts will be applied automatically.

In person

Advance tickets can be purchased at any membership desk until 5:30 pm.

By phone

Please call Central Reservations, our ticketing office, at 212-769-5200. Have your membership number ready!

You may purchase as many discounted tickets as your membership level specifies. For example, a Family Member could bring one other adult and up to four children, and the entire party would receive the same membership benefits. Any additional guests would pay regular prices but can do so at the membership desk.

During regular Museum hours, Members do not receive a discount. However, if you arrive after 4 pm, you can park at a flat rate of $10. For more information, please call 212-313-7275.

Other Questions


212-769-5606, Office hours are 9 am–5 pm, Monday-Friday.



Membership Department
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024

You can also call or email the Membership Office to update your information.

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Please bring your valid IDNYC card to any Museum membership desk. A Membership Associate will help you enroll, and you will be able to begin using your membership that day. Some restrictions apply.

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Corporate Members

Corporate Adult Corporate Child
General Admission FREE* FREE*
Temporary Exhibitions $13.50 $8.00
Space Show $25.00 $13.50
LeFrak Theater $13.50 $8.00
Live-animal Exhibits $13.50 $8.00
Admission + All (all exhibitions included) $27.00 $17.00

* for companies at the Associate level ($25,000) or above

* pricing as of July 24, 2015

Please note: Discounts can only be applied to tickets purchased on the day of the visit.

Yes, the Museum works with many corporate partners to match employees' charitable contributions. Individual Membership with the Museum is tax deductible and qualifies to be matched by most companies' programs. The Museum does not accept matching gift payments in lieu of membership contributions from the employee. Check with your employer or the Museum's Corporate Relations office for more information.

Library Pass Program

We are pleased to offer a Library program, which allows local libraries to extend Museum access to their patrons at a substantial discount.

With this program, libraries can choose from three options that provide them with a pre-selected number of vouchers—each voucher is valid for free Admission for one to the Museum and one temporary exhibition, LeFrak Theater film, Space Show, or Seasonal Live Animal Exhibit. Vouchers will expire one year after the date of purchase; it is the library management's responsibility to determine how and when they will distribute tickets to their patrons.

Voucher-holding library patrons will also receive the discounted Members' rate on additional temporary exhibition tickets they purchase that day. No advance purchases allowed. Participating libraries will enjoy a one-year subscription to our quarterly membership magazine, Rotunda, featuring behind-the-scenes articles and insider accounts of Museum happenings.

The available Library packages are:
Library Basic: 25 vouchers for $250
Library Plus: 50 vouchers for $500
Library Premium: 100 vouchers for $1000

For additional information, please call the Membership Office at 212-769-5606 or download the application below today!

Library Voucher Application

Host a Birthday Party at the Museum

Birthday parties are not currently available as a benefit, pending a redesign of the program.