Membership IDNYC

As a benefit of your IDNYC membership, please enjoy free entry to the newest offering in the Museum’s LeFrak Theater: Oceans: Our Blue Planet.

The wonders of nature are closer than you think! In Oceans: Our Blue Planet, follow a young girl who discovers the intricate secrets that nature has hidden close to her front door. This stunning film reveals animal inhabitants in rare and breathtaking detail, inside dens and nests, and moving along forest floors and pond bottoms. 

IDNYC cardholders ages 18 and older are eligible for a free one-year membership at the American Museum of Natural History. If your IDNYC membership at the Museum has expired, or is about to expire, you are eligible to purchase other memberships at substantially discounted rates. See details at the bottom of the page. Some restrictions apply. 

Please bring your valid IDNYC card to the Museum Membership Desk at the Rotunda entrance on 79th Street and Central Park West between the hours of 10 am-4:30 pm. A Membership Associate will help you enroll, and you will be able to begin using your membership that day.

The American Museum of Natural History will allow holders of municipal IDs to apply for a 12-month "New York Membership" at the Museum throughout calendar year 2019. Municipal ID holders who already redeemed a complimentary "New York Membership" at the Museum will not be able to renew it, but will have other memberships available that they can choose to purchase. All additional restrictions still apply.

  • This free membership is only available to individuals who are not currently Members and who have not been members since January 1st, 2014.
  • IDNYC card holders under the age of 18 are not eligible for this free membership package.
  • This membership is not transferable, and the card holder must be present.
  • For more information about the IDNYC program, including how to obtain the ID, and information about other institutions, please click here.
  • For more information about American Museum of Natural History membership with IDNYC, please email us at
  • Tickets cannot be reserved in advance.
Free unlimited General Admission to the Museum

Individuals (plus up to 4 additional visitors under the age of 18 when accompanied by the New York Membership holder) will receive unlimited complimentary General Admission to the iconic 45 permanent halls of the Museum.

Free admission to the LeFrak Theater

Individuals (and individuals accompanied by up to 4 children under the age of 18) will receive complimentary tickets for 2D and 3D giant-screen films shown in the LeFrak Theater.

Notice of upcoming educational programming

Throughout the year, the Museum's scientific and educational staff conducts numerous scientifically-based educational programs for Members and the public to attend. Members will receive advanced notice of these programs via email.

Discounts in the Museum Shop and restaurants

Individuals will receive a 10% discount on Museum Shop purchases and a 15% discount on purchases in Museum cafés and the Food Court.

A Museum Membership Card

Individuals will receive an American Museum of Natural History membership card that will allow them to receive priority service at the Member ticketing desks. Individuals must also present their IDNYC card during every visit to receive these services.

All Members must provide a valid email address to receive informational updates about the Museum.

New York Member Benefits

For 1 Adult and up to 4 Children:

General Admission FREE
LeFrak Theater Films FREE
Temporary Special Exhibitions
Adult $25.00
Senior/Student $20.50
Child $13.50
Hayden Planetarium Space Show
Adult $25.00
Senior/Student $20.50
Child $13.50
Temporary Special Exhibitions and Space Show
Adult $33.00
Senior/Student $27.00
Child $20.00

If your IDNYC membership at the Museum has expired or is about to expire, we have great news! While your free membership through IDNYC is not renewable, we're thrilled to offer you an opportunity to continue your Museum membership for the coming year–with additional benefits, and for a substantial discount of the standard rate. Select one of the two options below:

Dual Membership (2 Adults): $115 $75
Family Membership (2 adults and up to 4 kids): $150 $100

Benefits with your renewal purchase will include:

  • FREE General Admission every day
  • FREE temporary special exhibition tickets every day. Currently: Unseen Oceans
  • FREE introductory tickets per year for 2D and 3D giant-screen movies or winter Butterfly Conservatory
  • Half-price tickets to see Dark Universe, narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, in the Hayden Planetarium
  • Invitations to dozens of programs and events just for Members
  • Discounts at Museum shops and cafés
  • Free 1-year subscription to ROTUNDA, the Member Magazine

To take advantage of this offer, please call the Membership Office at 212-769-5606. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9 am-5 pm. Or, visit any Membership Desk in the Museum and speak with a representative.