Accessibility Touchable Exhibits


Tactile Exhibits on Display at the American Museum of Natural History


The Discovery Room on the first floor has touchable exhibits specially geared toward children. The Museum's permanent halls and special exhibitions also feature touchable objects, either specimens from the Museum’s collections or models and casts that can be touched.

This list of touchable objects in the permanent exhibition halls has been created for a sighted person to assist people who are blind or have low vision in locating these exhibits.

Objects in each hall are listed in alphabetical order.

*Please note: Objects may be off view for conservation or, in some cases, halls may be closed because of special events.



Cullman Hall of the Universe

  • Willamette Meteorite



Ross Hall of Meteorites

  • Ahnighito (Cape York meteorite)
  • Canyon Diablo
  • Canyon Diablo
  • Dog (Cape York meteorite)
  • Estacado
  • Gibeon
  • Gibeon (Mass)
  • Gibeon (Slab)
  • Guffey (Mass)
  • Guffey (Slab)
  • Woman (Cape York meteorite)

Lincoln Ellsworth Corridor 

Opposite the Discovery Room

  • Bust of Lincoln Ellsworth

Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth

There are more than 100 specimens on display, most of which are touchable. These includes a banded iron formation, petrified wood, and sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks.

  • Bronze Earth (model)

Hall of Biodiversity

  • Chloroplast (model)
  • Cyanobacteria (model)
  • Diatom (model)
  • Earthworm (model)
  • Frog head (model)
  • Front leg of a honeybee (model)
  • Fungi decomposing a leaf (model)
  • Giant clam shell (model)
  • Nematode head (model)
  • Roots (model)

Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life

Entrance to this hall is on the first floor but all the touchable objects are found on lower level. Please use stairs or elevator to reach the lower level. 

  • Common Loon webbed foot (model)
  • Coral polyps (model)
  • Dolphin flipper skeleton (model)
  • Oyster shell with pearl (model)
  • Squid tentacle (model)
  • Walrus tusk (model)

Rose Center for Earth and Space

Near exit of Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway

  • Bronze Moon (model)

Spitzer Hall of Human Origins

  • Australopithecus africanus upper jaw and teeth (cast)
  • Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) limb (cast)
  • Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) foot (cast)
  • Family Tree - 16 Hominidae skull casts (not all are in reach)
  • Goliath frog (Conraua goliath) limb (cast)
  • Hammerheaded fruit bat (Hypsignathus monstrosus) limb (cast)
  • Harpy eagle (Harpia harpyja) limb (cast)
  • Homo habilis foot (cast)
  • Human (Homo sapiens) foot (cast)
  • Human (Homo sapiens) limb (2) (cast)
  • Human(Homo sapiens) left hand (cast)
  • Methanococcus jannaschii, Archaea (model)
  • Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis) foot (cast)
  • Notharctus tenebrosus grasping hand on deck (cast)
  • Nuclear DNA and Cell (parts of cell are indistinguishable by touch) (model)
  • Paranthropus boisei upper jaw and teeth (cast)
  • Paranthropus robustus skullcap (cast)
  • Plesiadapis cookei jaw/teeth on deck (cast)
  • Spider monkey hand and tail grasping branch (model)
  • Streptococcus agalactiae bacteria (model) 

Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall

  • Theodore Roosevelt sculpture



Akeley Hall of African Mammals

  • Ivory elephant tusks

Stout Hall of Asian Peoples

  • Code of Hammurabi (cast)
  • Wood carving of the God Vishnu’s world dance
  • Wood carving of Lakshmi, consort of Vishnu, in cosmic dance

Hall of Mexico and Central America

  • Aztec-style depiction of a standing man
  • Kneeling figure from the Husatec region
  • Reclining figure with bird features
  • Replica of Tomb 104, Monte Albá
  • Replicas of Stela E and Stela F monuments

Hall of South American Peoples

  • Giant tree with plank buttresses spotted with fungi

Scales of the Universe


  • Blue Supergiant Star Rigel
  • Earth
  • Globular Star Cluster
  • Hayden Sphere
  • Human brain
  • Hydrogen atom
  • Kuiper belt of comets
  • Local group of galaxies
  • Meteor crater
  • Milky Way Galaxy
  • Oort cloud of comets
  • Raindrop
  • Red blood cell
  • Rhinovirus
  • Saturn's moon Janus
  • Sun
  • Virgo Supercluster of Galaxies



Hall of Primates

  • Bust of gorilla (sculpture)



Breezeway between the Halls of Vertebrate Origins and Saurischian Dinosaurs

  • Grasping hand (model)
  • Hole in the hip socket (model)

Hall of Vertebrate Origins

  • Amniotic egg (model)
  • Antorbital openings in the head (model)
  • Brain case and backbone (model)
  • Great white shark tooth
  • Jaws (model)
  • Palatal openings in the mouth (model)
  • Plesiosaur vertebra
  • Teleost fish with enameled scales
  • Tetrapod (four limbs) (model)

Milstein Hall of Advanced Mammals

  • Amphicyon footprint (cast)
  • Elephant tooth comparison display; modern elephant, mammoth and mastodon
  • Eyesockets near front of skull (model)
  • Horse tooth comparison display - Equus, Mesohippus and Hydracotherium
  • Stirrup-shaped stapes (model)
  • Ungulates (model)

Wallach Orientation Center

  • Braincase and backbone (model)

Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs

  • Ankylosaur armor plate
  • Backward pointing pubis bone (model)
  • Dinosaur egg
  • Inset rows of teeth (model)
  • Pachycephalosaurus wyomingenis skull
  • Stegosaurus stenops dorsal plate

Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs

  • Deinonychus antirrhopus claw (cast)
  • Juvenile Apatosaurus excelsus humerus
  • Sauropod tooth
  • Theropod tooth
  • Three-fingered hand (model)
  • Three-toed foot (model)
  • Tyrannosaurus rex lower jaw (cast)

Hall of Primitive Mammals

  • Amniotic egg (model)
  • Gomphotherium productum humerus
  • Placenta (model)
  • Synapsid opening (model)
  • Three middle ear bones (model)





  • Warburg Hall of New York State Environment
  • Hall of North American Forests
  • Northwest Coast Hall
  • Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals


  • Hall of Birds of the World
  • Hall of African Peoples
  • Hall of Asian Mammals


  • Hall of Plains Indians
  • Hall of Eastern Woodlands Indians
  • Sanford Hall of North American Birds
  • Hall of New York State Mammals
  • Hall of New York City Birds
  • Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians


For more information on accessibility at the Museum, including accessible entrances and exits, and a list of additional resources, please visit the Accessibility tab on the Plan Your Visit page.

If you have any remaining questions, please call 212-769-5250 or email