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American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is one of the largest museums in the world. With this full-day admission ticket, enjoy all the exhibits and collections, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space. A Super Saver upgrade includes access to the Hayden Planetarium, an IMAX film and any special exhibits. Voted the Number One Family Attraction in New York City and Third Most Popular Destination in the USA by Zagat Survey Family Travel Guide!

Highlights

  • Visit the American Museum of Natural History in New York, voted Number One Family Attraction
  • Wonder at one of the world's greatest scientific and cultural institutions
  • Immerse yourself in over 46 permanent exhibits
  • Check out the giant glass cube of the Rose Center of Earth and Space containing the colossal Hayden Sphere
  • See the iconic T. Rex skeleton and Easter Island head that inspired characters in the film Night at the Museum
  • Upgrade to the Super Saver ticket and enjoy all special exhibitions, IMAX films, and the Hayden Planetarium!

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What You Can Expect

American Museum of Natural History

Opt for the Super Saver Ticket and see this giant beetle in 'Life at the Limits'

The American Museum of Natural History, located across from Central Park in New York City, is one of the largest museums in the world. It’s also one of the world’s most important scientific and cultural institutions, with more than 32 million specimens and artifacts. With a general admission ticket, enjoy the many current and permanent exhibits and scientific collections.

Some of the almost 50 permanent exhibits feature human origins and culture, mammals, dinosaur fossils, Earth and the other planets, plus biodiversity and the environment. See the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and Easter Island head that inspired characters in the blockbuster film Night at the Museum. (Check out the film’s self-guided tour.) Visit the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples, the Hall of Human Origins, the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Big Bang Theater.

A Super Saver upgrade includes access to the Hayden Planetarium, an IMAX film and any special exhibitions. See Itinerary below for a sample of exhibits.

Itinerary


Sample of the Permanent Halls (included for all visitors)

Akeley Hall of African Mammals

Since its opening in 1936, the hall has been considered one of the world's great museum displays with 28 dioramas in this hall depicting some of the many animals and habitats of Africa. All the animals have been reconstructed with such scientific accuracy and detail that they appear astoundingly lifelike. It was named after Carl Akeley (1864-1926), the explorer, conservationist, taxidermist, sculptor, and photographer who conceived of, designed, and collected for this hall.

Guggenheim Hall of Minerals, and Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems

These halls contain exquisite treasures systematically arranged according to their physical properties to showcase an extraordinary range of size, color and shape. A highlight is the 563-carat Star of India, the largest and most famous sapphire in the world as well as the Patricia Emerald, a 632-carat specimen that is one of the very few large, gem-quality emeralds that have been preserved uncut.

Spitzer Hall of Human Origins

Opened in 2007, it is the first major exhibition to present, side by side, the mutually reinforcing evidence of the fossil record and cutting-edge DNA research. The hall covers millions of years of human history, from the emergence of our earliest ancestors through the evolution of our own species. It presents a fascinating mix of fossils, film, interactive media, life-size tableaux, ancient artifacts, and more.

Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
Newly renovated, the hall is now a 29,000 square-foot (2,694 square meters) fully immersive marine environment with high definition video projections, interactive computer stations, and eight new ocean habitat displays. Be dwarfed by the celebrated 94-foot (28.6 m) blue whale, one of the Museum's star attractions, floats in a "virtual ocean" created through dramatic lighting, video and sound effects. The Andros Coral Reef, a two level diorama containing 40 tons (36 metric tonnes) of coral, allows a unique view of this ecosystem above and below the water.

Special Exhibitions and Attractions Included with the Supersaver Ticket

The Secret World Inside You: The Human Microbiome
November 7, 2015 – August 14, 2016 
Explore the remarkable complexities of the human microbiome, home to a community of 100 trillion bacteria living inside and on our bodies. 

Secret Ocean 2D and 3D Screenings Daily
IMAX movie | July 6, 2015 – January 10, 2016 
Jean-Michel Cousteau invites viewers on a compelling journey into the secret world of creatures within the ocean as never seen before.
 
Butterfly Conservatory 
September 5, 2015 – May 29, 2016 
Dense humidity, lush green plants, and tropical butterflies of every color filling the room—experience one of the Museum’s most popular annual seasonal exhibitions. 

Life at the Limits Stories of Amazing Species 
On view through January 3, 2016 
Explore the amazing specializations organisms employ to face the unusual challenges of living on Earth, including survival in harsh physical surroundings. 

Hayden Planetarium Space Show
Dark Universe
Go beyond the night sky and into deep space with your narrator, famed astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson, to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You’ll hurtle through Jupiter’s atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe’s beginnings unfold.

Customer Reviews

Linda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

there is soooo much to see! We were there literally all day until closing!!!

Michael S USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Loved the Museum !!! A must do while in the city and its very near Tavern on the Green and Central Park

Giovanna M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great for kids.

Alexis B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The displays were awesome. Very educational and knowledgeable. We were very impressed with this museum

Catherine F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The American Museum of Natural History was superb with so much to see in one day! We covered as much as our tired feet would take us. The Imax shows are a must - a truly fantastic and eye opening experience. Great attraction!

Diama

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Absolutely fantastic. We arrived early and we're the first to see the dinosaurs so the photographs we have are fantastic. Get the super saver access so you see all the shows. Well worth it.

Sheree S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great booking with Viator...skipped the ques during summer. Very worthwhile... The extra shows on the one ticket was fantastic...highly recommended. Kids will love it! We did too

SERGIO R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very interesting, somewhat confusing to wander around the museum on your own, should get a guide, but we really liked the experience and seeing everything.

Michael R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

What a awesome place to see... A must to see -- plan all day to really see everything...

Heather C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

The Museum is very cool - we had a great visit!

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