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American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) – Where is it, hours, what to see and more

American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) – Where is it, hours, what to see and more

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Location & Contact Details


American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street,
New York, NY, 10024-5192

Phone: (212) 769 5100


The American Museum of Natural History is located at 79th Street and Central Park West in Manhattan. The main entrance to the Rose Center for Earth and Space is located at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.



About the American Museum of Natural History – Attractions and Exhibits

The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest and best museums in the world. The museum is made up of 25 interconnected buildings! It houses 46 permanent exhibition halls apart from many periodic exhibits. It also has its research labs and a world renowned library.

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The museum has over 32 Million specimens – only a fraction of these can be displayed at a time due to the limited space.


American Museum of Natural History – Other Popular Names

The museum is also popularly known by many variants of its name:

  • AMNH
  • Natural History Museum
  • Natural History Museum NYC
  • Smithsonian Natural History Museum


Permanent Exhibition Halls


Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins

It has exhibits about human evolution. It talks about thee questions puzzling us for ages: who we are, where we came from, and what is in store for us in the future.


The Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites

It houses a part of a huge 34-ton iron meteorite called Ahnighito.


The Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth

It displays an outstanding collection of geological specimens.


The American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur in the Lobby

Dinosaur in the Lobby of the Museum

Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs

This hall houses a part of world’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils. It features the Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex), Apatosaurus (formerly Brontosaurus) and many more fossils from the Saurischian branch of dinosaurs.

(Image by Ryan Somma)


Hall of Ortnithischian Dinosaurs

This is another permanent hall featuring dinosaur fossils, and displays Stegosaurus and Triceratops.


Hall of Biodiversity

This hall exhibits the diversity of life on our planet Earth. It has a life-size, life-like rainforest where you can experience the sounds, sights and smells of a rainforest!


Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Gems and Minerals

It contains many large mineral specimens that can be touched and examined – a big hit if you are visiting the museum with children. There are a total of 90,000 mineral specimens in the museum!


Akeley Hall of African Mammals

It houses the famous herd of African elephants at its center. It has life-like, extremely accurate specimens in 28 dioramas.


The American Museum of Natural History Blue Whale

The Museum of Natural History - Blue Whale

The Milstein Hall of Ocean Life

It has the popular 94-foot-long blue whale model. It recreates a marine environment using video projections, interactive computer terminals, and more.

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Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway

It chronicles the events of 13 billion years of cosmic evolution. It has many graphics illustrating the tiny amount of time us humans have spent on Earth!


Rose Center For Earth & Space and Hayden Planetarium

The planetarium is housed in a six-story high glass cube containing the 87-foot (27 m) spherical Space Theater. The Heilbrun Cosmic Pathway is one of the most popular exhibits in the Rose Center

The center is 333,500 square feet (30,980 sq.m.) in area, and consists of research, education and exhibition space plus the planetarium.

The Rose center runs many shows, like:

  • Journey to the Stars
  • One Step Beyond
  • Field Trip to the Moon
  • Full Moon


Periodic Exhibits

The museum also showcases various exhibits from time to time for a limited period. Some of these are:

  • The World’s Largest Dinosaurs
  • Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
  • Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies
  • Tornado Alley
  • Journey to the Stars
  • Highway of An Empire: The Great Inca Road


American Museum of Natural History Hours



The museum is open from 10.00 am to 5.45 pm every day.


Holiday Hours

The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is no change in the timing for other days.


Subway Station For The Natural History Museum

Subway Station For The Natural History Museum

How to reach the Museum

The museum is very centrally located, and can be easily reached by taxis, buses and trains.


Subway / Train to the American Museum of Natural History

The museum is walking distance from Subway trains A, B and C (81st Street – Museum of Natural History station). You can also walk from Subway trains 1 & 2 (79th Street station) or 3 (72nd Street station).

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Buses to Natural History Museum

You can also take the M79 bus which has a stop at W 81st Street – you can walk to the museum from here. Other buses which have a stop near the museum are M7, M10, M11, M86 & M104.


American Museum of Natural History Tickets and Discounts

The general admission tickets are priced as follows:

  • Adults: $19
  • Children (2-12): $10.50
  • Seniors / Students with ID: $14.50
  • Adult Members: Free
  • Child Members: Free

However, you can also buy discounted tickets to the museum – either on a stand alone basis or as a part of a package / pass. Please see the details below.


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