American Museum of Natural History Tours

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With more than 30 million specimens and artifacts and almost 50 exhibits, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest scientific and cultural museums in the world. Displays highlight the wonders of our planet and the wider universe, spotlighting everything from dinosaurs to human origins to the solar system.

The Basics
Visitors can prepurchase a general admission ticket and explore the permanent exhibits as well as the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Alternatively, purchase an upgraded ticket that adds access to space shows in the Hayden Planetarium, IMAX films, and ticketed temporary and seasonal exhibitions, such as the annual Butterfly Conservatory.

To ensure you check off all the must-sees, opt for a guided visit. Choose between family-oriented tours, highlights tours, small-group tours, private tours, and early access tours that allow participants to explore before official opening hours. Some guided tours combine visits to the Natural History Museum with trips to other New York cultural institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Various New York sightseeing and discount passes include admission to the American Museum of Natural History.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The American Museum of Natural History is a must for families. 
  • Leave large bags, luggage, and selfie sticks at home, as they are not allowed in the museum.
  • Download the AMNH Explorer App on your smartphone to help you navigate.
  • The museum is fully wheelchair accessible. 
  • A food court can be found on the museum’s lower level, while cafés are situated on the first and fourth floors.

How to Get There
Parking in NYC is expensive, so it’s best to come here by public transport. Ride the B or C subway lines to 81st Street, or the 1 train to Broadway and West 79th Street. Hop-on hop-off bus tours of New York also stop here. 

When to Get There 
The museum is very popular among families, so expect bigger crowds on weekends, school vacations, and rainy days. Plan to arrive early and head directly to the more popular exhibits, such as the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing, which tends to get busier as the day goes on. 

Highlights of the Collection 
Of all the exhibits at the museum, few are as popular among young visitors as the dinosaurs. Highlights include the Allosaurus, depicted hunched over and feeding on a carcass, and a Tyrannosaurus rex shown in stalking mode. Other standout displays include the animal dioramas at the Family Hall of North American Mammals, the Asian elephants at the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, and the 94-foot-long (29-meter-long) blue whale model suspended from the ceiling at the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. 
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Address: Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City, New York 10024, USA
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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, giant screen film in 3D or 2D 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!
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American Museum of Natural History Early Access VIP Tour

Beat the crowds at the popular American Museum of Natural History with this 75-minute small group tour that takes place before opening hours. Your dedicated museum trained guide will show you the highlights of the Museum. Remain in the Museum after it opens with your timed ticket to the Hayden Planetarium Space Show. Check out the world renowned Museum exhibitions and Rose Center for Earth and Space.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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American Museum of Natural History Tour with Private Guide

Encounter the extremes of Earth without leaving New York City on a guided tour of the American Museum of Natural History. From prehistoric giants like the Tyrannosaurus rex and wooly mammoth to the giant blue whale and animals of the African savannah, come face-to-face with skeletons and dioramas featuring some of the planet's most astounding species, and even explore the outer reaches of the cosmos. A dedicated guide makes sure you see the highlights of the massive collection spread out over 28 different buildings.
  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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Renegade Tour of the American Museum of Natural History

Explore the American Museum of Natural History with a passionate, maverick guide on a 2-hour renegade tour through one of New York City’s most exciting collections. Hear the secrets, scandals and amazing science behind the displays, then learn insider stories about the animals and adventurers you’ll encounter. Capture unforgettable images of the museum’s weirdest and most wonderful objects, and experience NYC’s world-class cultural treasures—on your own terms.This is an unconventional tour of American Museum of Natural History. All participants must be 18 years or older.
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Skip-the-line Semi-Private Combo Tour: Met Museum & Museum of Natural History

Devote a day to two of New York City's top museums with a guided combo tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and American Museum of Natural History. Admire artistic masterpieces spanning ancient Greece to Renaissance Europe and postmodern pop culture at the Met, and then delve into the mysteries of the earth and cosmos as you explore T-rex skeletons, African mammal dioramas, and outer space exhibits. It's a great way to make the most of your time and ensure you see the highlights of both vast collections.
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Get the New York CityPASS and enjoy great discounts and skip-the-line access at some of the Big Apple’s top attractions. Your CityPASS includes tickets valid for nine days from date of first use for NYC favorites like the Empire State Building, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Statue of Liberty, Guggenheim Museum, 9/11 Memorial and Museum and much more. Best of all, you get to bypass the long lines, giving you more time to spend exploring this city that never sleeps.
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Skip-the-line Private Combo Tour: The Met Museum & Museum of Natural History

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American Museum of Natural History Small-Group Tour

Explore 13 billion years of our planet’s amazing existence on a small-group tour of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Let a guide show you the best of dioramas, skeletons, and exhibits showcasing life on Earth, from the deep blue sea and ancient forests to prehistoric plains and even outer space. The immense collection spans 28 buildings, so a guided tour is a great way to avoid feeling lost and make the most of your visit to this renowned institution.
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Double Decker Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus and Times Square Dining Experience

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