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Museum Hours

Tessitura 77th St Entrance Photo © AMNH/D. Finnin
Open daily from 10 am-5:45 pm except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

On Saturday, October 26, the Museum closes at 1 pm for the annual Halloween party. The Museum will reopen at 2 pm for the event, and some hall closures will be in effect.

Special Exhibitions

T-Rex: The Ultimate Predatortimed entry daily, every hour on the half hour, from 10:30 am-4:30 pm.

Dark Universe: every half hour from 10:30 am-4 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 am-4 pm Wednesday; 10:30 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday.

  • Please note: Dark Universe will be closed on January 14, 2020. Regularly scheduled viewings will resume for three days, from January 15-17. The new Space Show, Worlds Beyond Earth, opens January 21, 2020. Join the Museum for access to special Member-only screenings from January 18-20.

Oceans: Our Blue Planet: every hour on the half hour daily, from 10:30 am-4:30 pm. 2D screenings are offered at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm; all other screenings are in 3D.

The Butterfly Conservatory: timed entry every quarter hour daily from 10:15 am-5 pm.

Dining Hours

The Museum's cafés and food court are open from 11 am-4:45 pm daily.

Discovery Room

School Year Hours: Monday-Thursday, 1:30-5:10 pm; Friday CLOSED; Saturday-Sunday 10:30 am-1:25 pm and 2:15-5:10 pm.

Summer Hours: daily 10:30 am-1:25 pm and 2:15-5:10 pm.

Please see the Discovery Room for more information on holiday hours and seasonal scheduling.

Evening Events

See the Museum calendar for evening events and other special gatherings.


A Night at the Museum sleepovers take place from 6 pm in the evening until 9 am the following day.

Museum Library

By appointment only: Monday and Friday, 10 am-4:30 pm; Tuesday-Thursday 10:30 am-5:30 pm.

Learn more about public access to the Library.