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Museum Tours

All tours are free with admission and begin at the entrance of the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals on the first floor.

See our self-guided tours and our accessible tours below. 

All tours are accessible by wheelchair.

Public Tours

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.

Spotlight Tours

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.

  • Spanish (Español)
    Tours begin at 2:30 pm
    January 10, 17, 31
  • Chinese (中文导览)
    Tours begin at 1:30 pm

    January 4, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 31

  • French (Français)
    Tours begin at 1:30 pm
    January 7, 14, 21, 18
    February 11, 18, 25
  • Additional French tours begin at 12:30 pm

    January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    February 7, 14, 21, 28

  • Hebrew (סיור מודרך בעברית)
    Tours begin at 2:30 pm
    January 22, 29
    February 12, 26
    March 11, 25
  • Italian (Italiano)
    Tours begin at 2:30 pm
    January 2, 16, 30
    February 13, 27

*Tours are subject to change


Self-Guided Tours



Monday–Friday, 1 pm–5 pm
Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–5 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.


Accessible Tours

The Museum offers a variety of specially designed tours for visitors with disabilities and their families.

Learn more about accessibility at the Museum.

Sign Language Tours

Experience informative, entertaining, and inspiring presentations of permanent and special exhibitions for both deaf and hearing audiences with simultaneously signed and spoken tours.

Registration required: unfortunately, no walk-ins are accepted. Email or call 212-313-7565 at least 72 hours in advance. 

Free for Members or with Museum admission. Programs subject to change. Upcoming tours:

Saturday, February 8 at 12:30 pm

From vertebrates to advanced mammals, follow the evolutionary path through our fourth floor fossil halls.

Programs with sign language are intended primarily for the Deaf community. ASL students may attend, but we do not sign attendance sheets.

Tours for Blind or Partially Sighted Visitors

Visitors who are blind or partially sighted are invited to attend this program, held monthly in the halls of the American Museum of Natural History. Specially trained Museum tour guides highlight specific themes and exhibits, engaging participants through extensive verbal descriptions and touchable objects. Science Sense tours are available to individuals or groups.

Registration required; unfortunately, no walk-ins are accepted. Email or call 212-313-7565 to register.

Free for Members or with Museum admission. Programs subject to change. Please note: two weeks advance notice is required to request a Science Sense tour on a date that is not scheduled below. 

Upcoming tours:


Saturday, January 18th at 10:30am

Explore the variety of mammal dioramas throughout the museum. This tour will explore various halls, including the Bernard Family Hall of North American Mammals, Akeley Hall of African Mammals, and the Hall of Asian Mammals.

Biodiversity and Conservation
Wednesday, January 22nd at 2:30pm

This hall will explore the themes of biodiversity and conservation through various halls, including the Hall of Biodiversity, the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth and the Hall of North American Forests.

Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth
Saturday, February 15th at 10:30am

This tour will explore the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, along with the newly added interactive Climate Change Wall.

Spitzer Hall of Human Origins
Tuesday, February 25th at 2:30pm

Explore millions of years of human history, from early ancestors who lived more than six million years ago to modern Homo sapiens, who evolved 200,000 to 150,000 years ago.


Tours for Families Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Discovery Squad is a unique tour program designed for families affected by autism spectrum disorders. The program was developed in collaboration with the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Registration is required; unfortunately, no walk-ins are accepted. Call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200 (Monday–Friday, 9 am–5 pm) to register.

Discovery Squad tours take place before the Museum is open and are free. Programs subject to change. Upcoming tours:

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • Saturday, March 14, 2020