American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street
All admission to the Museum is by timed-entry, and must be reserved online. This world-famous museum is comprised of several different Halls, each dedicated to a particular theme. The museum's exhibition-halls house a stunning array of artifacts and... more
All admission to the Museum is by timed-entry, and must be reserved online. This world-famous museum is comprised of several different Halls, each dedicated to a particular theme. The museum's exhibition-halls house a stunning array of artifacts and specimens from all corners of the world and all historical periods. These illuminate the natural history of our planet and its myriad species, and bring the world's cultures to life. The permanent exhibits include Halls dedicated to: Biodiversity, Human Biology and Evolution, Meteorites, Gems and Minerals, Ocean Life, Northwest Coast Indians, North American Mammals, African Mammals, African Peoples, Asian Peoples, Birds of the World, Oceanic Birds, South American Peoples, Mexico and Central America, Reptiles and Amphibians, Mollusks and Our World, Vertebrate Evolution Exhibition schedules and availability may change quickly and without notice, so visitors are strongly urged to visit the official web site for current updates on exhibit availability and upcoming closures. To get the most up to date information, please call (212) 769-5100. Insider tip: Make sure you don't miss the Butterfly Conservatory, home to more than 500 live, fr... more
All admission to the Museum is by timed-entry, and must be reserved online.

This world-famous museum is comprised of several different Halls, each dedicated to a particular theme. The museum's exhibition-halls house a stunning array of artifacts and specimens from all corners of the world and all historical periods. These illuminate the natural history of our planet and its myriad species, and bring the world's cultures to life.

The permanent exhibits include Halls dedicated to: Biodiversity, Human Biology and Evolution, Meteorites, Gems and Minerals, Ocean Life, Northwest Coast Indians, North American Mammals, African Mammals, African Peoples, Asian Peoples, Birds of the World, Oceanic Birds, South American Peoples, Mexico and Central America, Reptiles and Amphibians, Mollusks and Our World, Vertebrate Evolution

Exhibition schedules and availability may change quickly and without notice, so visitors are strongly urged to visit the official web site for current updates on exhibit availability and upcoming closures. To get the most up to date information, please call (212) 769-5100.

Insider tip: Make sure you don't miss the Butterfly Conservatory, home to more than 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies in an enclosed habitat--known as a vivarium--that approximates their natural environment with lush vegetation and live flowering plants.

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Upper West Side Description

American Museum of Natural History is located in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan. The home of diverse cultural attractions, the Upper West side is sandwiched between Riverside Park to the west and Central Park to the east. Both parks are excellent leisurely green spaces to spend a day. Central Park is especially notable, as it is New York’s "flagship" park. With over 843 acres of land, it is home to 275 species of birds. It’s quite easy to spend an entire day there too, as the park has several restaurants on its perimeter, a Boathouse, a Carousel, ball fields, a running track, reservoir, sculptures of Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare, and a nearly endless list of events and other attractions.

In addition to being the most densely populated area of the United States, the Upper West Side is the home of several academic institutions and a litany of famous people too numerous to list here. The American Museum of Natural History is among the most notable museum in the neighborhood. This world-famous museum is comprised of several different Halls, each dedicated to a particular theme. The museum's exhibition-halls house a stunning array of artifacts and specimens from all corners of the world and all historical periods including some magnificent dinosaur fossils. Other nearby cultural institutions worth checking out include the New York Historical Society, and the new Rose Center for Earth and Space which houses the Hayden Planetarium; the most technologically advanced Space Theater in existence.

The Upper West Side also contains some of the greatest venues to hear classical music. There is the Metropolitan Opera House —one of the world’s leading opera companies since its opening in 1883—as well asAvery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the renowned New York City Opera. Additionally both The Julliard School and Fordham University grace the area.

You’re bound to get hungry while visiting the neighborhood, but fear not -there are plenty of famous places to nosh or grab some classic New York smoked salmon in the Upper West Side. There’s Zabar’s—a heavenly deli if there ever was one; Fairway Market which has a huge, gourmet selection of just about everything; Citarella, with fresh fish and much more; and Murray’s Sturgeon Shop—just to name a few. If you're looking for a more substantial meal, head to Prohibition, an upscale restaurant and bar. The interior, which invokes the glamour and romance of the Prohibition-Era style of the twenties and early thirties, helps create terrific ambience. All of this has made Prohibition a mainstay on the Upper West Side. There's also the takeout booth at Carmine's. Carmine's simple and very popular concept is to serve every meal in the style of an Italian American wedding feast - which means large portions of homestyle antipasti, pastas, seafood and meat entrees served on large platters designed for sharing. And when we say large, we mean large; an entree here could easily feed three to four average eaters. After your weekend mid-day meal, take a walk back through Riverside Park or stroll down Riverside Drive and admire the impressive monuments, grand apartment buildings, and views of the Hudson River, all while burning off a few calories of course.

Given the number of attractions and cultural institutions in the neighborhood, the Upper West Side is an ideal location to spend your stay in New York. The charming Excelsior Hotel is located right near the Museum of Natural History and Central Park. Meanwhile, the cozy and reasonably priced Belnord Hotel is another conveniently located option for the budget conscious traveler, as is the Comfort Inn Central Park West.

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Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024
(212) 769-5100
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Admission And Tickets

Three tiers based on access to Special Exhibits, Giant-Screen Film and Space exhibit.

General Admission: Adult $28 / Child (2-12) $22 / Senior & Student $16.

Includes admission to all 45 halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space but does not include special exhibitions, giant-screen film, or Space Show. Pay-what-you-wish admission is available only at ticket counters, where the amount you pay is up to you.

General Admission +1: Adult $34 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

Includes General Admission plus one special exhibition, giant-screen film, or Space Show.

General Admission + All: Adult $39 / Child (2-12) $24 / Senior & Student $31.

Includes General Admission plus all special exhibitions, giant-screen film, and Space Show.

This Week's Hours

Daily: 10am–5:30pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Nearby Subway

  • to 81st St
  • to West 79th Street

Upcoming Events

Hall of Primates

The primate order, one of the many subdivisions of mammals, includes monkeys, apes, and humans. This hall provides an overview of primates through skeletons, mounted specimens, and artwork. The order is broken down into families, in displays that trace both their shared characteristics and those uni... [ + ]que to each group, demonstrating a fascinating variety of animals. Primates range in size from the pygmy marmoset to the orangutan and gorilla, and include species such as tree shrews that more closely resemble rodents. While the apes, which are specialized for swinging by their hands, do not have tails, many primates such as spider monkeys have long tails they use for grasping. Some species live predominantly among the trees while others inhabit the forest floor, and primates' habitats are found from South America to Southeast Asia to Africa. The visitor can explore the relationship of hominids, or humans, to other primates through these characteristics and others, including posture, the amount of body hair, and the shape of the hand and especially the thumb.

12/08/2022 10:00 AM
Thu, December 08
10:00AM
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Three tiers based on access to Special Exhibits, Giant-Screen Film and Space exhibit.

General Admission: Adult $28 / Child (2-12) $22 / Senior & Student $16.

Includes admission to all 45 halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space but does not include special exhibitions, giant-screen film, or Space Show. Pay-what-you-wish admission is available only at ticket counters, where the amount you pay is up to you.

General Admission +1: Adult $34 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

Includes General Admission plus one special exhibition, giant-screen film, or Space Show.

General Admission + All: Adult $39 / Child (2-12) $24 / Senior & Student $31.

Includes General Admission plus all special exhibitions, giant-screen film, and Space Show.
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Hall of New York State Environment

This hall chronicles the development of New York State's natural landscape over time. It describes the geological history from Precambrian times (2 billion years ago) to the present day, including glaciation, and displays of local fossils showing that New York was a marine environment at one time. T... [ + ]he hall uses the area of Stissing Mountain and the Village of Pine Plains in the Hudson Valley as an example because of its varied terrain: mountains, natural lakes, forests, variety of rock formations, and both wild and cultivated land.

The hall also describes New York State agriculture and ecology, and how these affect the evolution of the landscape. Agricultural exhibits explain the processes of soil creation and soil conservation, the importance of crop rotation, the use of natural fertilizers in the soil (nitrogen-fixing bacteria), the structure of a bean plant, root structure of a plant, and life in the soil-an important factor in the existence of life above.

The ecological exhibits cover the water cycle, the relationship of plants to geology, the cycle of nutrition and decay, photosynthesis and respiration, life in a pond as a closed system, and changes to the environment through the seasons.

12/08/2022 10:00 AM
Thu, December 08
10:00AM
$
Three tiers based on access to Special Exhibits, Giant-Screen Film and Space exhibit.

General Admission: Adult $28 / Child (2-12) $22 / Senior & Student $16.

Includes admission to all 45 halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space but does not include special exhibitions, giant-screen film, or Space Show. Pay-what-you-wish admission is available only at ticket counters, where the amount you pay is up to you.

General Admission +1: Adult $34 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

Includes General Admission plus one special exhibition, giant-screen film, or Space Show.

General Admission + All: Adult $39 / Child (2-12) $24 / Senior & Student $31.

Includes General Admission plus all special exhibitions, giant-screen film, and Space Show.
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Hall of Minerals and Hall of Gems

These halls contain exquisite treasures, which can be systematically arranged according to their similarities and differences in the same manner as animals and plants. In the Hall of Minerals the visitor finds minerals composed of a single element, such as gold and copper, and groups that combine se... [ + ]veral elements, such as the silicates quartz, amethyst, and mica. The Hall of Gems displays groups of stones that showcase an extraordinary range of size, color, and shape. Among these specimens is the 563-carat Star of India, the largest and most famous star sapphire in the world. Formed some two billion years ago, the Star of India was discovered several centuries ago and donated to the Museum by J. P. Morgan in 1900. Also featured in the Hall of Gems is the Patricia Emerald, a 632-carat specimen that is one of the very few large, gem-quality emeralds that have been preserved uncut. The specimen is exceedingly rare not only because of its size and color, but also because of its dihexagonal, or twelve-sided, shape.

12/08/2022 10:00 AM
Thu, December 08
10:00AM
$
Three tiers based on access to Special Exhibits, Giant-Screen Film and Space exhibit.

General Admission: Adult $28 / Child (2-12) $22 / Senior & Student $16.

Includes admission to all 45 halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space but does not include special exhibitions, giant-screen film, or Space Show. Pay-what-you-wish admission is available only at ticket counters, where the amount you pay is up to you.

General Admission +1: Adult $34 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

Includes General Admission plus one special exhibition, giant-screen film, or Space Show.

General Admission + All: Adult $39 / Child (2-12) $24 / Senior & Student $31.

Includes General Admission plus all special exhibitions, giant-screen film, and Space Show.
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Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall

This hall is a tribute to Theodore Roosevelt (1858—1919), and the contributions he made to city, state, and nation through the many roles he played during his life. Born in New York City and raised in Oyster Bay, Long Island, Roosevelt became involved in New York City and State government, and went ... [ + ]on to serve as Vice President and later, President of the United States. He was a pioneer of the conservation movement and had been involved with the American Museum of Natural History since his childhood—the original charter creating the Museum was signed in his family home in 1869.

Roosevelt's many accomplishments include winning the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize for a treaty that ended the Russo-Japanese War; and leading a Museum expedition to South America to chart the unknown course of the River of Doubt, found to be a branch of the Amazon (later renamed Rio Teodoro in his honor). Roosevelt's refusal to shoot a bear for sport while on a hunt led to the creation of the famous toy Teddy Bear.

The four dioramas in the hall depict Roosevelt's Elk Horn Ranch, in the badlands of North Dakota; an Adirondacks forest scene representing his support for conservation of both wildlife and forests; the Roosevelt Bird Sanctuary in Oyster Bay, New York, which is also Roosevelt's final resting place; and lastly, a scene from Old New York in 1660, depicting Peter Stuyvesant, Governor of New York, receiving a delegation of Hackensack Indians from New Jersey. Theodore Roosevelt's ancestors settled in lower Manhattan around 1644, and he also served as Governor of New York State.

This hall also features an insect collection case showing various beetles and entomology photos.

12/08/2022 10:00 AM
Thu, December 08
10:00AM
$
Three tiers based on access to Special Exhibits, Giant-Screen Film and Space exhibit.

General Admission: Adult $28 / Child (2-12) $22 / Senior & Student $16.

Includes admission to all 45 halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space but does not include special exhibitions, giant-screen film, or Space Show. Pay-what-you-wish admission is available only at ticket counters, where the amount you pay is up to you.

General Admission +1: Adult $34 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

Includes General Admission plus one special exhibition, giant-screen film, or Space Show.

General Admission + All: Adult $39 / Child (2-12) $24 / Senior & Student $31.

Includes General Admission plus all special exhibitions, giant-screen film, and Space Show.
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Hall of Human Origins

The newly opened Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins presents the remarkable history of human evolution from our earliest ancestors millions of years ago to modern Homo sapiens. The innovative Spitzer Hall combines the most up-to-date discoveries in the fossil record with the latest in ge... [ + ]nomic science to explore the most profound mysteries of humankind: who we are, where we came from, and what is in store for the future of our species.

12/08/2022 10:00 AM
Thu, December 08
10:00AM
$
Three tiers based on access to Special Exhibits, Giant-Screen Film and Space exhibit.

General Admission: Adult $28 / Child (2-12) $22 / Senior & Student $16.

Includes admission to all 45 halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space but does not include special exhibitions, giant-screen film, or Space Show. Pay-what-you-wish admission is available only at ticket counters, where the amount you pay is up to you.

General Admission +1: Adult $34 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

Includes General Admission plus one special exhibition, giant-screen film, or Space Show.

General Admission + All: Adult $39 / Child (2-12) $24 / Senior & Student $31.

Includes General Admission plus all special exhibitions, giant-screen film, and Space Show.
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