American Museum of Natural History, New York City

4.3
Navigate the wonders of the natural world at American Museum of Natural History, one of the largest museums in the world. Conveniently located across from Central Park, the museum complex features 45 permanent exhibits spread throughout 27 interconnected buildings. Admire the life-size displays of African elephants as you tour the Hall of African Mammals, or head to the Hall of Fossils to see fossilized skeletons of Tyrannosaurus rex or a giant Stegosaurus. Enhance your museum experience with an IMAX movie or a show in the planetarium. To visit American Museum of Natural History and other attractions in New York City, use our New York City trip planner .
Improve this listing »
Lowest price guaranteed
Create an itinerary including American Museum of Natural History
map
American Museum of Natural History Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.0
21,515 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • The Dinosaur gallery, the Oceans gallery, the old galleries with stuffed animals are both of educational and of historical interest. A must worth visiting. I have visited 3 times on 3 visits to the ci...  more »
  • Great place to visit. Has different exhibits for all ages. Visit the Hayden Planetarium. Fascinating. Lots of fun and educational. This place is a definite must.  more »
  • We booked the early entry VIP tour and it was spectacular! We got in an hour early and strolled the halls with an expert guide letting us in on all the secrets! It's worth every penny for the early en...  more »
Google
  • I have lived in New York for about five years now and I’ve always wanted to come and visit the Museum of Natural History. I finally visited today And it was everything that I had hoped for!!The only thing that I would suggest is if you are the type of person who just likes to look at the pictures and the statues then you could get through the whole Museum in about three hours, but if you are like me who likes to take time and read then I would suggest you go early because it will take you all day if you really would like to get the whole experience. Another tip is the price for general admission is A suggestive amount. You could pay one dollar to enter and you should not worry about getting nasty looks from the employees because they deal with people paying low amounts on a daily basis. I saw at least five people walk in line who gave a dollar so you could give as much as you like. Overall it’s visually outstanding and very informative . I will definitely go back!
  • Wow! What a great place this is must I say. Started off by coming in to an enormous room with gigantic towering pillars which are some greatly impressive architecture. Came in thinking this would be a quick walk through with a some models to looks at and fossils however I was greatly wrong, I could’ve spent the whole day in there with the greatly in depth explanation for each piece of history in there. Was in there for at least 3 hours and merely scraped the surface of information in there and failed to visit all floors. The food court was a tasty experience and the prices were slightly high however that is to be expected in New York. Would recommend to everyone and it’s very possible to spend a whole day exploring in there. God bless America.
  • The American Museum of Natural History has been one of my favorite NYC museums since I was a kid. There is no shortage of things to do or see here and there is an exhibit that can appeal to practically anyone depending on what they are most interested in learning about. The museum is clean and fairly accessible to all, but there is usually a long line for the elevators, so if you require them plan to arrive a bit closer to the opening time to have ample time to visit each floor (opinion based on weekend visits only).
  • First off, just like the MET, You really need to spend 2 full days to really enjoy everything that is in here, especially if you want to fully enjoy this Museum just be sure you allow enough time for it. I strongly recommend checking out the dinosaur exhibits, as well as the exhibits on geology, really professional staff, and it's super fun. Honestly I think I enjoy just about every exhibit, but something about seeing a T-Rex is just awe-inspiring! Also the dinosaur eggs are really cool too! And well all the little gift shops are fun! The staff that works in this Museum are really wonderful people! And of course don't forget to check out the Hayden Planetarium!! Neil deGrasse Tyson is the man!!! This museum is fun for all ages, you can't go wrong. And the Central Park area right next to the museum is great for a relaxing stroll after you leave the museum. Also if you do decide to come to this Museum, make sure you get there very early, preferably 30 minutes or earlier before the museum even opens, otherwise you will be in line forever!! Enjoy! :)
  • A great museum. There are lots of regular and special exhibitions all year long and it would be interesting for both kids and grownups. It's very clean and they have added a lot of new and interactive exhibits. It's huge, has many shops, labs, planetarium and a very nice kids discovery room (good for ages 1 - about 10). If you're in NYC and never been , it's a must place to visit, since it's that big I would plan what you're going to see in advanced or check with the nice information desks guys over there before you start. The suggested fee is 12$ but it's donation based so you can leave any amount (especially important for larger groups ).
Places to stay near American Museum of Natural History

Plan your trip to New York City

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to American Museum of Natural History by other users

14 days in New York City & Saint Louis BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in United States, Colombia & Nakhon Ratchasima Province BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS January, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM ARGENTINA August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in New York City BY A USER FROM IRELAND May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 10 days in New York City BY A USER FROM IRELAND May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in United States & Niagara Falls BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, teens, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in New York City BY A USER FROM BELGIUM September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in New York City BY A USER FROM FRANCE December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM BRAZIL September, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in New York City BY A USER FROM FRANCE December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in New York City BY A USER FROM FRANCE December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in New York City BY A USER FROM ITALY September, teens, popular PREFERENCES: September, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans