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Field Trips: What to Know


The Museum is located on Central Park West between 77th and 81st Streets. The following transportation is available:

NYC Subway

The Museum encourages school groups to arrive by subway. Take the B or C train to the 81st Street stop (at Central Park West), or the 1 train to 79th Street stop (at Broadway). Certificates of Free NYC Transportation are available to NYC school groups accompanied by adult supervisors. Enter from the 81st Street subway station (entrance to Museum on the southernmost side of the platform) or use the Rose Center entrance, on 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

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. Visit our Accessibility page for additional information.


Take the M7, M11, M10, or M104 to 79th Street, or M79 to Central Park West. From bus stop, go to the Rose Center entrance on 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

School Bus

Enter the 81st Street driveway, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. A Transportation Specialist will meet you and coordinate a departure time. Please adhere to the departure time in order to avoid traffic congestion and confusion.

Coach Bus

Groups arriving by coach buses must use the loading area in front of the Rose Center for Earth and Space on the 81st Driveway. Because of height restrictions coach buses cannot enter the garage and will be processed on the Driveway.



Planning on having lunch at the Museum? You must reserve lunchroom tables when you book your visit. Keep in mind that there are no other areas within the Museum where bag lunches may be eaten.  Due to space restrictions, we may not be able to accommodate late requests.


Museum Conduct

Please review school group guidelines with your group before your visit. Any school group not following the below guidelines will be asked to leave the Museum. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • The museum requires one adult chaperone for every 10 students. Chaperones must remain with their group at all times.
  • Please use "inside voices" throughout the Museum at all times.
  • Safety is our first concern - no running, yelling, listening to radios, or using Museum exhibit cases as drawing surfaces is allowed.
  • Please note other school groups and visitors will be sharing the exhibition space. It is very important that your group is focused and respectful of others.
  • Many of the Museum’s artifacts, specimens, paintings and murals are not to be touched. Help us protect our priceless treasures by respecting our collections.
  • No food, drink, candy, or chewing gum allowed in exhibition halls. Dispose of all trash in trash receptacles.
  • Please keep all coats, hats or backpacks with you at all times the Museum.
  • Rose Center for Earth and Space: Please be advised when using the escalators to use caution, hold handrails, and exit promptly.
  • Photography is allowed with handheld cameras (except where noted) and with available light or electronic flash attachments. Tripods and lights may not be used. Reproduction or sale of photographs is not allowed without permission. Photography is not permitted in the theaters orssss in special exhibitions.


Museum Map

Download the English language version of our Museum Map here:

Maps are also available in additional languages.