Plan Your Visit

The Museum is open daily from 10 am–5:45 pm

We are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Even ferocious predators need TLC. T. rex and the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs are closed for maintenance, but you can still see one of the biggest dinosaurs ever discovered—The Titanosaur—and others on the fourth floor.

 

Admission

 

TICKET COUNTER ADMISSION

Pay-what-you-wish admission is available only at ticket counters, where the amount you pay is up to you. 

 
 

 

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Special Combination Passes

Purchase special combination passes to this museum and other New York City attractions.

CITYPASS

Save 40% or more off New York's 6 best attractions, plus skip lines. Valid for 9 days beginning with the first day of use.

Cost: Adult $126; Child (6-17) $104. Purchase online or at AMNH admissions desk.

NEW YORK PASS

Get free entry into over 80 top NYC attractions including the American Museum of Natural History! Choose from 1, 2, 3, 5, 7 and 10-day Passes. Each pass comes with a 230-pg guidebook, available in 8 languages. Purchase online.

NYC EXPLORER PASS

Choose three, five, seven, or ten popular NYC sights — including the American Museum of Natural History — for one low price. Valid for 30 days. Save up to 50% off admission price and get a free guidebook. Purchase online.

 


Group Visits

SCHOOL OR CAMP VISITS

There's a reason we're a top field trip destination in New York City: amazing new exhibits, over 34 million objects in our permanent collections, and exceptional programs, resources and classes for students and teachers! Admission to the Museum is free for NYC school and camp groups. Learn more about booking your field trip.

OTHER GROUPS

The American Museum of Natural History has something for every age and interest, and our attentive and professional staff will help you plan the most memorable experience for your adult, corporate or senior group. Get the details.

 

 

What You Need to Know

Public Transportation

By Subway:
Take the B (weekdays only) or C to 81st Street. Two blocks west of the Museum, the 1 train stops at Broadway and West 79th Street. For a complete subway map, visit the MTA website. Please note: The 81st Street subway station and subway entrance to the Museum are not wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible subway station is the 72nd Street station for the 1, 2, and 3 trains, with a connection on the northbound M7 on Amsterdam Avenue.

By Bus:
The M79 bus travels east/west on West 79th Street across Central Park, with a stop next to the Museum on West 81st Street. Other buses also stop at or near the Museum, including the M7, M10, M11, M86, and M104 buses. For complete bus information, visit the MTA website.

By Train:

From North of New York City:
Visit the Metro North Railroad website for maps and schedule information.

From Long Island:
Visit the Long Island Railroad website for maps and schedule information.

From New Jersey:
Visit the New Jersey Transit website for maps and schedule information.

From Outside the New York City Metro Area:
If you are traveling from outside the New York City Metro Area, please visit the Amtrak website for route and schedule information and to purchase tickets.

For Access-A-Ride Service and GPS Devices

Use the following address: 56 West 81st Street

Parking

Parking is available at our facility conveniently located within the Museum; enter at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. The hours of operation are 8 am–11 pm.

Rates are as follows:
Up to 1 hr: $24
Up to 2 hrs: $27
2 to 5 hrs: $34
5 to 10 hrs: $44
Max to close: $49

For more information, please call 212-313-7278.

Entrances and Exits

Central Park West (upstairs): Enter at Central Park West at 79th Street to the Rotunda on the second floor of the Museum. Coat check service is available.

81st Street/Rose Center for Earth and Space: Enter the Rose Center at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Coat check service available. Entrance for special events and programs if specified on ticket. Accessible by wheelchair.

81st Street/Museum of Natural History (B,C) Subway Station: Enter on the lower level, directly from the 81st Street subway station, or exit to street level and enter through the main entrance on Central Park West or Rose Center at 81st Street.

Please note: The 81st Street subway station and subway entrance to the Museum are not wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible subway station is the 72nd Street station for the 1, 2, and 3 trains, with a connection on the northbound M7 on Amsterdam Avenue.

Additional Entrances and Exits

77th Street: During regular hours, exit on the first floor to 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Entrance for special events and education programs if specified on ticket. Accessible by wheelchair.

Central Park West (ground level): During regular hours, exit to Central Park West at 79th Street. Enter for special events and education programs if specified on ticket. Accessible by wheelchair.

*For evening programs and lectures, please refer to your ticket for specific entrance information.

Museum Food Court
Lower Level, across from the Subway entrance
Open daily, 11 am–4:45 pm
A wide variety of selections appealing to all ages and palates. The Food Court offers gluten-free and nut-free choices, with a menu that changes daily. A manager will be able to answer any questions about ingredients.

Café on One
First floor, Grand Gallery
Open daily, 11 am–4:45 pm
Gourmet selections for adult tastes, wines by the glass and a selection of beers.

Café on Four
Fourth floor, adjacent to 77th Street elevators
Open daily, 11 am–4:45 pm
Light meals and assorted snacks.

* Members Discount
Museum Members may present their cards at the time of purchase to receive a 15% discount on all food and beverage purchases. For more information visit the Membership area of our site.

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.

  • All of the Museum's exhibitions are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the Museum can be reached by elevator. Public elevators near the Central Park West and 77th Street entrances and those in the Rose Center are equipped with Braille signage and give auditory signals.
  • All theaters include wheelchair locations and companion seats. The LeFrak Theater also is equipped with chairs that have swing-out armrests for those wishing to sit in a theater seat.
  • All food service areas are accessible by wheelchair, with no steps, turnstiles, or other potential obstructions.
  • Service animals are welcome to visit the Museum. Please note: To protect our live butterflies, visitors with service animals must answer a few simple questions before entry to the Butterfly Conservatory is permitted.
Wheelchair Availability

Non-motorized wheelchairs are available for visitors to use at no cost, on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can find them in three places:

  • At the Membership Desk directly inside the 81st Street/Rose Center entrance
  • At the main entrance on Central Park West (upstairs)
  • In the parking garage

Visitors borrowing a wheelchair must present a photo ID and provide a telephone number.

Accessible Entrances

81st Street/Rose Center for Earth and Space: Enter the Rose Center at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Coat check service available. Entrance for special events and programs if specified on ticket. Accessible by wheelchair.

81st Street/Parking Garage: Located at 56 West 81st Street, adjacent to the Rose Center entrance.

For Access-A-Ride service and GPS devices use the following address: 56 West 81st Street

Additional Entrances and Exits

77th Street: During regular hours, exit on the first floor to 77th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Entrance for special events and education programs if specified on ticket. Accessible by wheelchair.

Central Park West (ground level): During regular hours, exit to Central Park West at 79th Street. Enter for special events and education programs if specified on ticket. Accessible by wheelchair.


*Please note: The 81st Street/Museum of Natural History (B and C trains) subway station and subway entrance to the Museum are not wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible subway station is the 72nd Street station (1, 2, and 3 trains), with a connection on the northbound M7 on Amsterdam Avenue.

Accessible Restrooms

Lower level:

  • Near the subway entrance
  • Rose Center for Earth and Space

First floor:

  • Milstein Hall of Ocean Life (located on hall's lower level, access via elevator on mezzanine level)
  • Rose Center for Earth and Space
  • Near the Grand Gallery (family and gender-neutral restroom)

Second floor:

  • Charles A. Dana Education Wing

Fourth floor:

  • Wallach Orientation Center
Detailed Accessibility Information

The Museum offers a variety of specially designed programs and resources for visitors with disabilities and their families. Find out more about accessibility.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about accessibility issues, or if the format of any material on the Museum's website interferes with your ability to access that material, please contact us at accessibility@amnh.org or 212-769-5250.

In order for us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please provide information about the best way to contact you.

Coat Check

Located in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda, directly inside the main entrance of the Museum at Central Park West at 79th Street.

An additional coat check is located in the lower level of the Rose Center and operates September through March.

Coats, umbrellas, and bags may be checked for $2 per person, space permitting.

All articles must be claimed before the Museum closes.

Items not accepted in the coat check include perishables, wallets, purses, musical instruments, bikes, computers, and other items deemed to be of high value.

The Museum reserves the right to inspect any parcel brought onto the premises.

The Museum's total liability for items left in the coat checkroom is half the purchase price of the item up to $50.00.

* Luggage, small carry-ons, and oversized backpacks are not allowed into the Museum and cannot be checked.

Restrooms and Changing Stations

Lower level, near the subway entrance (accessible)

Lower level, Rose Center for Earth and Space (accessible)

First floor, Milstein Hall of Ocean Life (located on hall's lower level, access via elevator on mezzanine level) (accessible)

First floor, Rose Center for Earth and Space (accessible)

First floor, near the Grand Gallery (family and gender-neutral restroom; accessible)

First floor, near Linder and Kaufmann Theaters

Second floor, outside of The Butterfly Conservatory

Second floor, Charles A. Dana Education Wing (accessible)

Third floor, Hall of Primates

Fourth floor, Wallach Orientation Center (accessible)

Lactation Station

Lower level, Rose Center for Earth and Space (accessible)

Photography

Except where noted, photography for personal use is allowed with hand-held cameras using available light or electronic flash attachments.

Selfie-sticks are not permitted at the Museum.

Tripods and lights may not be used.

Reproduction or sale of photographs is not allowed without Museum permission.

No flash photography is permitted in the Space Theater or in the LeFrak Theater.

Code of Conduct

The Following are Prohibited:
- Explosives, firearms, knives, weapons, and noxious gases or substances
- Bikes, rollerskates, skateboards
- Food or drink (water bottles permitted)
- Dogs or other pets (service animals permitted)
- Running, climbing, or sitting on exhibits or railings
- Carrying children on shoulders
- Creating a disturbance, yelling, audible music devices
- Soliciting, posting or distributing any sign, notice, ad or print material
- Entering any non-public area without authorization

The Following are Required:
- Young children must be accompanied by an adult
- Directions from security guards or other Museum staff must be followed

Please be courteous to persons with disabilities when using elevators and benches.

Public Tours

Free with Museum Admission
All tours begin at the entrance to the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, first floor.

Museum Highlight Tours
These tours highlight the Museum's collections. Daily at 10:15, 11:15, 12:15, 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15.

Spotlight Tours
These tours focus on specific halls or themes. Times and topics vary. Ask any information desk for schedule.

Foreign Language Tours*
These tours are in a foreign language and highlight the Museum's collections. Times and languages vary.

Spanish (Español)
Tours begin at 2:30 pm
October 12, 19, 26

Chinese (中文导览)
Tours begin at 1:30 pm
October 13, 20, 26, 27, 28

French (Français)
Tours begin at 1:30 pm
October 16, 23, 30

Additional French tours begin at 12:30 pm
October 12, 19, 26

Hebrew (סיור מודרך בעברית)
Tours begin at 2:30 pm
October 17, 31

*Tours are subject to change

Self-guided Tours

Click here to see a list of tours on topics from space to dinos, featuring all the don't-miss objects in each category.

Explainers

Monday–Friday, 1 pm–5 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

Fossil Explainers, identified by a red button, staff the fourth floor to answer any questions about fossils and paleontology.

Earth and Space Explainers, identified by a purple button, staff the Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals, and the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems to answer questions about astrophysics and geology.

Accessible Tours
 

The Museum offers a variety of specially designed tours for visitors with disabilities and their families. Click on the related tabs on our Accessibility page.

Long-Term Closures

The halls of gems and minerals are closed for a major renovation.

The new Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals will open in the fall of 2019.

Daily Closures

For daily closures, please see information posted at ticket counters.

 

Exhibitions

UNSEEN OCEANS

OUR SENSES

DARK UNIVERSE

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American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100