Plan Your Visit

Reservations for timed-entry admission are required.

In accordance with the New York City vaccine requirement, visitors ages 12 and older must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter the Museum. See Health and Safety for accepted forms of proof. Personal identification with name and photo or date of birth is also required for visitors ages 18 and over. Examples of accepted forms of identification include driver’s license, non-driver government ID card, passport, or school ID card. 


Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm 

Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday 11/25.


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 Ticketing FAQ below for details.

  • All tickets—including Member tickets, complimentary tickets, and pre-paid pass tickets—must be reserved online in advance of your visit.
  • Tickets are timed-entry to limit capacity. Time slots available from 10 am to 4 pm, now through January 2, 2022. Please note that same-day reservations and certain time slots may be unavailable due to limited capacity. 
  • Please try to arrive within 30 minutes of your reservation time. Ticket reservations are non-transferable and non-refundable.

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The Museum has taken the Stay Well NYC pledge.

If you are visiting from outside of New York State, please check the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory. You are required to follow the guidelines for out-of-state travelers.

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

  • Using timed-entry ticketing to promote physical distancing
  • Upgraded ventilation systems
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations throughout the building
  • Wearing facial coverings at all times

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.
  • Wear a facial covering throughout the visit (for all visitors ages 2 and up), remain together with your party, and children under age 12 must remain with adults at all times. No neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandannas, or face coverings with valves, mesh, or holes.
  • Maintain physical distancing with others outside your group.
  • Use hand sanitizer, which will be available at stations throughout the building.
  • Follow directions from staff and signage for physical distancing, reducing contact, and other guidelines for use of facilities.
  • 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 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
  • Cafes*
  • The Planetarium Shop is closed but the main Museum Shop and special exhibition shops will be open. The front half of the Dino Shop on the 4th floor is open 10 am–5:30 pm.

*No eating is permitted in Museum galleries. The Food Court is now open from 10:30 am–3:30 pm, Wednesday–Sunday, or visitors may leave and return using the same timed-entry ticket on the same day.

Halls and Exhibits

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).
  • 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.


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.


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.





Special Exhibitions

Purchase a GA+1 ticket to see one special exhibition or show, or a GA+All ticket to see two or more special exhibitions or shows—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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