Plan Your Visit

We’re excited to welcome you back to the Museum!

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. All admission to the Museum is by timed-entry, and must be reserved online.


Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm 

Additional Hours for Members: Thursday 6–8 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10–11 am


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 June 30, 2021. Please note that same-day reservations and certain time slots may be unavailable due to limited capacity. 
  • Please arrive no later than 30 minutes past the time of your reservation. The Museum may not be able to honor tickets 30 minutes past their designated time. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.
    • If you are a Museum Member, log in to your profile before making your ticket reservation to access Member hours and pricing.

Reserve Tickets Now »

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 Museum is:

  • Using timed-entry ticketing to limit attendance to promote physical distancing.
  • Disinfecting and cleaning to meet CDC guidelines.
  • Conducting temperature checks at entry. Visitors with a temperature of 100.4° or more will be denied entry.
  • Adding plexiglass barriers at ticket counters.
  • Upgrading ventilation systems.
  • Marking paths and adding markers to promote physical distancing.
  • Limiting elevator and restroom capacity to maintain physical distancing.
  • Turning off or cordoning off interactive displays and other touchable exhibit elements.
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.
  • Learn more about what we’re doing to help keep visitors safe.

All visitors are required to:

  • 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 (2 m) for 10 minutes or more) with someone infected with or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Wear a facial covering or mask throughout the visit (for all visitors ages 2 and up), remain together with your party, and children ages 12 and under 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 of 6 feet (2m) 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.
  • 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. 

Health and Safety Updates to Facilities, Services, and Exhibits 

Coat Check: Coat check is temporarily unavailable. Large backpacks (over 11" x 17") are prohibited.

Restrooms: Restroom occupancy is reduced to 50% to promote physical distancing.

  • The Lower Level Hall of the Universe restrooms in the Rose Center will be temporarily designated staff only.

Services and Amenities: To promote physical distancing and reduced contact, the following services and amenities are temporarily unavailable:

  • Drinking fountains
  • Food Court and cafes* 
  • Planetarium Shop, and Dino Store (Main Museum Shop and special exhibition shops will be open)

*No eating is permitted in Museum galleries. Because dining onsite is currently unavailable, visitors may leave and return using the same timed-entry ticket on the same day.

Halls and Exhibits: The following are temporarily unavailable:

  • Touchable and touchscreen exhibits 
  • Scales of the Universe
  • Discovery Room
  • Public educational laboratories
  • The lower level of the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life is temporarily unavailable because it is serving as a New York City COVID-19 vaccination site. The Blue Whale can still be viewed from the upper level, which remains open to visitors.
  • The Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians, May 10–May 21

Onsite Purchases

  • Credit or debit cards are preferred for onsite purchases. 

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.
  • Members are welcome to use the Member Entrance on Central Park West at 79th Street (ground level, via the driveway).
  • 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. While some interactive displays are temporarily unavailable as part of health and safety measures, you can always use Explorer to learn more—there are cool features like augmented reality (try the Mako shark!), quizzes, and more.

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Or download a PDF map of the Museum.

Special Exhibitions

Purchase a GA+1 ticket to see one, or a GA+All ticket to see both—or become a Member to enjoy free tickets to all exhibitions.