We are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Visiting us Wednesday, 11/22? Balloons are being inflated for the Thanksgiving Day parade & sidewalks will be restricted. Take B/C train & enter underground from subway station or at 79th Street & Central Park West. After 12 noon, Central Park West entry will be accessible via NYPD screening point at 82nd Street & CPW. Other entrances will be closed. Parking garage is closed all day. Thank you!
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- NYC school and camp groups receive free admission.
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Cost: Adult $122; Child (6-17) $98. Purchase online or at AMNH admissions desk.
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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.
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
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.
The M79 bus travels east/west on W. 79th Street across Central Park, with a stop next to the Museum on W. 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.
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.
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.
Central Park West (main entrance, second floor)
Central Park West (enter under main stairs, first floor) is an exit during regular hours and is accessible by wheelchair. It is used as an entrance for special events and education programs.
Subway (enter from 81st Street subway station) 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.
Rose Center (81st St. between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.) is accessible by wheelchair.
77th Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.) is an exit during regular hours and is accessible by wheelchair. It is used as an entrance for special events and education programs.
Columbus Avenue (Columbus Ave. and 79th St.) is 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.
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.
All of the Museum's exhibitions are accessible by wheelchair, and all public floors of the Museum can be reached by elevator. 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.
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 Rose Center/81st Street entrance, at the main entrance on Central Park West, and in the parking garage. Visitors borrowing a wheelchair must present a photo ID and provide a telephone number.
Rose Center for Earth and Space entrance: 81st Street, just west of Central Park West
Parking garage entrance: 56 West 81st Street, adjacent to Rose Center entrance
77th Street entrance: 77th Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. Please note: this entrance is open only for special programs.
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.
Lower level, near the subway entrance
Lower level, 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)
First floor, Rose Center for Earth and Space
First floor, near the Grand Gallery (family restroom)
Second floor, Charles A. Dana Education Wing
Fourth floor, Wallach Orientation Center
Rear Window Captioning (RWC) is available in the LeFrak Theater for most films. Please see the theater attendant for a panel. Transcripts are available online for the Space Show and the Big Bang presentation in the Hayden Planetarium and LeFrak films.
The Museum offers a variety of specially designed programs and resources for visitors with disabilities and their families.
Please click on the links below for more information about these programs and resources.
The American Museum of Natural History is also committed to making its website accessible to individuals with disabilities and is in the process of reviewing and updating its web resources in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Level AA. For more information on the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines, please visit Web Accessibility Initiative.
Should you have any questions regarding accessibility issues or programs, or if the format of any material on the Museum's website interferes with your ability to access that material, please contact us at email@example.com or 212-769-5250.
To enable us to respond in a manner most helpful to you, please provide information as to the best way to contact you as well as the nature of your accessibility issue or the program you are interest in.
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.
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.
Information / Información / 重要信息
Free with Museum Admission
All tours begin at the entrance to the Bernard 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.
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.
Tours begin at 1:30 pm
Tours begin at 2:30 pm
Tours begin at 1:30 pm
December 5, 12, 19, 26
Additional French tours begin at 12:30 pm
December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Tours begin at 2:30 pm
December 13, 20
*Tours are subject to change
Click here to see a list of tours on topics from space to dinos, featuring all the don't-miss objects in each category.
Monday–Friday, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–5:00 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.
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.
For daily closures, please see information posted at ticket counters.