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  • Address: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City, New York 10024, USA
  • Hours: Daily 10am–5:45pm (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
  • Admission: Adults $22; children (2–12) $12.50; seniors/students $17

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American Museum of Natural History

With more than 32 million specimens and artifacts, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest scientific and cultural museums in the world, set right across the street from Central Park. The wide array of exhibits (nearly 50 across five floors) cover Earth and our solar system, human origins, biodiversity, dinosaurs, and the environment. Read on to learn how you can make the most of your visit.

The Basics
A full-day general admission ticket includes access to all exhibits and collections, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Upgrade to include the IMAX film viewing and entrance to the Hayden Planetarium space show (which runs every 30 minutes from 10:30am to 4:30pm daily).

Free public tours (in English, Spanish, and French) and self-guided options are offered with admission. A perk at this museum: Reentry is allowed.

Insider Tip
You might remember this attraction from the blockbuster film Night at the Museum, which took inspiration for its script from the museum's Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and Easter Island head.

You can see both, along with all the other real exhibits behind important film characters, on a self-guided, movie-themed tour.

How to Get There
The American Museum of Natural History is located on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The 81st Street–Museum of Natural History subway station, at the museum's northeastern corner, is serviced by the A, B and C lines, while the 1 and 2 subway lines run to the 79th Street station at Broadway and W. 79th Street, two blocks from the museum.

Parking is also available onsite starting at $24.

Amenities and Accessibility
From dining to WiFi, here’s the scoop on some more important things to know before you go. 
  • Outside food is not allowed. Visit the museum’s food court or multiple cafes to buy snacks or meals.
  • Leave the selfie-sticks and tripods at home or in the hotel—neither are allowed.
  • Luggage is not allowed and cannot be checked. 
  • The museum is fully wheelchair accessible with entrance ramps and elevators.
  • A variety of specially designed programs and resources are available for those with disabilities.
  • Free public WiFi is available.

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