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American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City, New York, 10024

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.

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Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
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Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
$100.70 per adult
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Definitely recommend having a guided tour.
All parts. Robin, our guide, was terrific. She picked out museum highlights that were interesting to all in our group (ages 6 to 70).
Rebecca_M, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in New York City

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Fantastic tour
Heather_D, Nov 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Private tour was the way to go. Our tour guide, Jeffrey was great. There is a lot to cover in such a large museum and he covered most all in just over 2 hours!
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Fantastic day at the museum
Laine_M, Nov 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
This was well worth the expense. Katherine our guide took the timw to share highlights of the museum, so once our tour was ou ver we knew exactly wherw we wantes to revisit. She was knowlegable, courteous and kind. She kept in touch with us, met us on the steps of the museum and guided us in a private entrance. No lines, no waiting. If you can request Katherine, you will not be disappointed.
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Private Tour/Skip The Line was wonderful.
Peter_P, Aug 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Fantastic museum and tour guide, Jonathan was beyond fantastic !!!! Jonathan's knowledge of The American Museum of Natural History was amazing. At every exhibit, he brought the display to life. Never rushed he took his time explaining and answering questions. Wonderful experience. Highly recommended.
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Wonderful tour
Tracy W, Dec 2019
Met & Museum of Natural History Private Skip-the-Line Combo Tour
Our tour guide Mark was a delight and unbelievable knowledgeable. I would recommend this tour and him to everyone!
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Best ever
Nancy_M, Oct 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Jonathan was a fabulous guide especially for my 9 year old grandson!! He made the Museum come alive!!
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Skip-the-line Met & Museum o Natural history Combo Tour - Semi-Private
RICHARD_O, Oct 2019
Met & Museum of Natural History Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour - Max 8 People
Fantastic tour. Tour Guide Mark kept all of us (6 total on tour) engaged and informed throughout the fairly extensive tours of both museums and a very informative walk through Central Park. Fantastic way of getting introduced to both Museums, and we feel very fortunate to have had Mark Venaglia, through Babylon Tours, as our tour guide. Well worth the cost of the tour.
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Enjoyed our Met and Natural History tour!
mikeconrad1, Jul 2019
Met & Museum of Natural History Semi-Private Skip-the-Line Tour - Max 8 People
James was excellent! He sent me a text just as we were getting in line to go into the Met. He was waiting for us at the entrance. We had to shorten our tour due to scheduling conflicts and James was great!!! He talked fast and took us to as much as he could fit in. We learned so much more by having him to guide us. In fact, whenever he stopped to tell us something, a crowd of people would gather to hear what he was telling us. If you have children, it's such a great way to see the museum because they tend to pay more attention to a guide than their parents. We also walked straight into the Natural History museum without having to get in another line because James was with us. He took us through Central Park between museums. It was great to get to see it! We highly recommend!
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Worth the Money!
kentennis, Sep 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Johnathan was an excellent tour guide. There were just 2 of us. This museum has so much history and Johnathan gave us lots of museum history & stories which really helped us understand the exhibits that have been created in this amazing museum.
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One of our trip’s highlights
Margaret_T, Aug 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
The tour of the MNH was one of the highlights of our trip. We got to skip the lines and be toured by someone who knows the museum really well and who took us through it very easily. Robin was great… we really enjoyed our time with her!
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Interesting and fun tour!
Lauren_M, May 2021
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Our guide, Jeff, was fantastic. He had so much knowledge. Made the tour fun and interesting. He made efficient use of our time. Definitely worth the money!
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AMNH tour
Greg_N, Sep 2020
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
Jeff was great. He provided a very thorough tour of the museum and was incredible knowledgeable about the artifacts.
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Absolutely Amazing
Thomas, Mar 2020
Museum of Natural History Private Guided Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
This was our first time in New York, but not our first to famous museums. Mark V. was our guide and he was extraordinary! We met in the front of AMNH and he explained architectural history along with the lead in to the AMNH. Throughout the tour he was very knowledgeable and excited about history. He was well read and informed of the projects going on in the museum along with their restoration processes. He was a phenomenal tour guide and we look forward to being able to tour with him again.

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 accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • A food court can be found on the museum’s lower level, while cafés are situated on the first and fourth floors.

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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.

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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.

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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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