Plan Your Visit

Reservations for timed-entry admission are required.

Facial coverings are strongly recommended for all visitors ages 2 and up. See Health and Safety for details.

Hours

Open daily, 10 am–5:30 pm.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Ticketing 

Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents (with ID): The amount you pay for General Admission only is up to you. Read the Ticket FAQ for details.

  • All tickets—including Member tickets, complimentary tickets, and pre-paid pass tickets—must be reserved online in advance of your visit.
  • Time slots available from 10 am to 4 pm, now through February 16, 2023. Availability will continue to be updated.
    • Please note that same-day reservations and certain time slots may be unavailable due to limited capacity. 

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Join the Museum as a Member

Enjoy free tickets for General Admission, special exhibitions, giant-screen movies, planetarium shows, and more!

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Health and Safety During Your Visit

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is the top priority. You’ll notice some important changes to operating days, ticketing, and health and safety measures. 

What We’re Doing to Help Keep You Safe

  • Upgraded ventilation systems
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations throughout the building

Health and Safety Requirements for Visitors:

  • Avoid visiting if you have symptoms of COVID-19, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days, or have been in close contact (within 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with someone infected with or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Facial coverings are strongly recommended throughout the visit for all visitors ages 2 and up.
  • Children under age 12 must remain with adults at all times.
  • Use hand sanitizer, which will be available at stations throughout the building.
  • Credit or debit cards are preferred for onsite purchases. 
  • Follow the Museum’s Code of Conduct.
  • Visitors who require an accommodation for any of these items must contact [email protected] before your visit to discuss your needs.

By visiting the American Museum of Natural History, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. To view the Museum’s full statement on this matter and related health and safety protocols, please visit amnh.org/health-safety or ask a Visitor Services Representative for a paper copy. 

Temporarily Unavailable

The following are temporarily unavailable:

Services and Amenities

  • Coat check service
  • Drinking fountains
  • The Planetarium Shop is closed but the main Museum Shop and special exhibition shops are open. 

*Eating is prohibited in Museum galleries. Visitors may also leave and return using the same timed-entry ticket on the same day. When re-entering the Museum, visitors must enter at the 81st Street or Central Park West entrances and must go back through the security line to be readmitted.

Halls and Exhibits

  • Discovery Room
  • Public educational laboratories

What You Need to Know

Museum Address

200 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024-5102

Entrances and Exits

  • Visitors can enter and exit through Central Park West (upstairs) at 79th Street or at the accessible entrance on 81st Street/Rose Center for Earth and Space.
  • For priority access, Members and their guests can use the Member entrance at Central Park West and 79th Street (ground level, under the grand staircase).
  • School groups arriving by subway can enter from the 81st Street B/C station), Wednesday-Friday, 10 am-2 pm. 
  • Access-a-Ride Service and GPS devices should use the following address: 56 West 81st Street, which is the accessible entrance on 81st Street/Rose Center for Earth and Space.

Accessibility

The American Museum of Natural History is committed to ensuring that its facilities, exhibitions, and services are accessible to all individuals, including those with disabilities. Please visit the Accessibility section to learn more about Museum facilities, resources, and programs.

Caregivers accompanying visitors with disabilities receive free Museum admission.

Before Your Visit

Download our free Explorer app for turn-by-turn directions and highlights.  Available on iOS and Android. Get a map, turn-by-turn directions to exhibits and amenities, customized recommendations for what to see, and more!

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Or download a PDF map of the Museum.

Translations

This page was translated into Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Russian, and Korean on June 10, 2021. Information on this page has been updated since that date. For the most up-to-date information, view this page translated by Google to your language.

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Special Exhibitions

Select the number of General Admission tickets you would like, and then you will have the opportunity to add one or all special exhibitions or shows before checkout—or become a Member to enjoy free tickets to all exhibitions.

Find Resources for Learning

Over 400 resources for teaching and learning science, developed at the Museum. Find activities, articles, games, videos, hall guides, and more!

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