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Self-Guided Highlights Tour

Explore Museum highlights, from dinosaurs to diamonds, on this self-guided tour.

For free guided tours during your visit, check tour listings.

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Exhibit Giant Sequoia Tree The giant sequoia offers a glance at more than 1,400 years of history. Until it was felled by lumberjacks in 1891, the tree f... Floor: 1st Floor | Exhibit Hall: Hall of North American Forests Exhibit Blue Whale Model At 94 feet long, the fiberglass replica of a female blue whale is a Museum treasure. Blue whales have been hunted to near ext... Floor: 1st Floor | Exhibit Hall: Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life Exhibit Lucy "Lucy" is one of the most complete skeletons found to date from the early hominids that flourished between 4 and 2... Floor: 1st Floor | Exhibit Hall: Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins Exhibit African Elephants The African elephant is the largest living land mammal. Both male and female African elephants have ivory tusks. Floor: 2nd Floor | Exhibit Hall: Akeley Hall of African Mammals Exhibit Folsom Spear Point The Folsom Point was crafted from flint some 10,000 years ago. Discovered in the 1920s on a joint expedition by this Museum a... Floor: 3rd Floor | Exhibit Hall: Hall of Plains Indians Exhibit Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Moai Cast Rapa Nui (Easter Island) is famous for its rows of moai, towering figures of deified ancestors that were carved in quarries,... Floor: 3rd Floor | Exhibit Hall: Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples Exhibit Galápagos Giant Tortoise The huge Galápagos tortoise was once so plentiful that ships loaded up on as many as 700 live animals; a single tortoise coul... Floor: 3rd Floor | Exhibit Hall: Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians Exhibit Warren Mastodon When found in a bog in Newburgh, New York, the Warren mastodon was still in the position in which it had died some 11,000 yea... Floor: 4th Floor | Exhibit Hall: Paul and Irma Milstein Hall of Advanced Mammals Exhibit Dinosaur Mummy The Museum’s dinosaur mummy is a fossilized imprint of the carcass of a duck-billed dinosaur. One of the most complete pieces... Floor: 4th Floor | Exhibit Hall: Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs Exhibit Tyrannosaurus rex The 4-foot-long jaw, the 6-inch-long teeth, the massive thigh bones—almost everything about Tyrannosaurus rex indicates the e... Floor: 4th Floor | Exhibit Hall: Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs Exhibit The Glen Rose Trackway The Glen Rose Trackway is a 107-million-year-old series of fossilized dinosaur footprints. Excavated from the bed of the Palu... Floor: 4th Floor | Exhibit Hall: Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs Exhibit Stegosaurus At one time, some scientists thought Stegosaurus had a second brain because the one in its head seemed so small. Stegosaurus... Floor: 4th Floor | Exhibit Hall: Hall of Ornithischian Dinosaurs Exhibit The Titanosaur In January 2016, the Museum added another must-see exhibit to its world-famous fossil halls: a cast of a 122-foot-long dinosaur. Floor: 4th Floor | Exhibit Hall: Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Orientation Center Permanent Hall Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway This 360-foot-long path in the Rose Center for Earth and Space lays out the 13-billion-year history of the universe. Floor: 2nd Floor | Exhibit Hall: Harriet and Robert Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway