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 a... 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 ... 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 $23 / Child (2-12) $13 / Senior & Student $18.

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 $28 / Child (2-12) $16.50 / Senior & Student $22.50.

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

General Admission + All: Adult $33 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

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

This Week's Hours

Daily: 10:00am-5:45pm

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Nearby Subway

  • to 81st St
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Upcoming Events

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.

05/28/2022 10:00 AM
Sat, May 28
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Three tiers based on access to Special Exhibits, Giant-Screen Film and Space exhibit.

General Admission: Adult $23 / Child (2-12) $13 / Senior & Student $18.

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 $28 / Child (2-12) $16.50 / Senior & Student $22.50.

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

General Admission + All: Adult $33 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

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

Renowned for their colorful iridescence, opals’ unique internal structure creates their colors by scattering light. Opal gemstones used in jewelry are relatively soft and fragile; they need protection from scratching, bumping, and abrupt temperature changes. Opal most commonly forms by the action of... [ + ] warm water on volcanic glass. It can also form at low temperatures, when water rich with dissolved silica mixes with sediment or enters rocks.

Opal deposits are found around the globe, but about 85 percent of the world’s gem opals are mined in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. These opals come from a range of locations—Australia, Brazil, Honduras, Ethiopia, and the United States—and illustrate the gem’s diversity.

05/28/2022 10:00 AM
Sat, May 28
10:00AM
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Three tiers based on access to Special Exhibits, Giant-Screen Film and Space exhibit.

General Admission: Adult $23 / Child (2-12) $13 / Senior & Student $18.

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 $28 / Child (2-12) $16.50 / Senior & Student $22.50.

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

General Admission + All: Adult $33 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

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

A two-foot-long slice from a jadeite jade boulder provides a spectacular window into the dramatic process that formed this highly prized type of jade. This jadeite started as a small vein, or fracture, over 12 miles underground that was wrenched apart by the collision of two tectonic plates over 35 ... [ + ]million years ago. During the shakeup, mineral-rich fluids rose into cracks in Earth's mantle and deposited jadeite rock. As the tectonic plates continued to rub against one another, the veins of jadeite broke and reformed again and again, producing the remarkable emerald green and white swirls. The polished 55-pound slab was recovered from northern Burma.

The spectacular jade slab is now on display in the Museum's 77th Street Grand Gallery. Also on display are two delicately carved jade pieces from China, dating from the early 1900s—a nephrite jade vessel for incense and a jadeite jade carving of Guanyin, Buddhist goddess of mercy.

05/28/2022 10:00 AM
Sat, May 28
10:00AM
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Three tiers based on access to Special Exhibits, Giant-Screen Film and Space exhibit.

General Admission: Adult $23 / Child (2-12) $13 / Senior & Student $18.

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 $28 / Child (2-12) $16.50 / Senior & Student $22.50.

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

General Admission + All: Adult $33 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

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

The Museum's habitat group dioramas, located extensively throughout its halls, are among the most renowned and beloved exhibits at the Museum. With precise depictions of geographical locations and the careful, anatomically correct mounting of specimens, these stunning dioramas are windows onto a wor... [ + ]ld of animals, their behavior, and their habitats. Moreover, since many of the environments represented have been exploited or degraded, some dioramas preserve places and animals as they no longer exist. The viewer of a habitat group diorama is able to travel not only across continents, but also, in some cases, through time.

05/28/2022 10:00 AM
Sat, May 28
10:00AM
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Three tiers based on access to Special Exhibits, Giant-Screen Film and Space exhibit.

General Admission: Adult $23 / Child (2-12) $13 / Senior & Student $18.

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 $28 / Child (2-12) $16.50 / Senior & Student $22.50.

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

General Admission + All: Adult $33 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

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

One of the premier attractions in New York City is the Museum's series of fossil halls, including its two famed dinosaur halls. The Museum is home to the world's largest collection of vertebrate fossils, totaling nearly one million specimens. More than 600 of these specimens, nearly 85 percent of wh... [ + ]ich are real fossils as opposed to casts, are on view. Completely renovated between 1994 and 1996, the fossil halls now stand as a continuous loop on the fourth floor, telling the story of vertebrate evolution. Unlike most fossil exhibits, which are arranged in chronological order, the Museum's fossil halls display the specimens according to evolutionary relationships, dramatically illustrating the complex branches of the tree of life, in which animals are grouped according to their shared physical characteristics. Such relationships are determined through a method of scientific analysis called cladistics, which the Museum helped pioneer. The halls' renovation also allowed for new scientific interpretations of favorite displays, as well as the restoration of the fourth floor to its original architectural grandeur.

05/28/2022 10:00 AM
Sat, May 28
10:00AM
$
Three tiers based on access to Special Exhibits, Giant-Screen Film and Space exhibit.

General Admission: Adult $23 / Child (2-12) $13 / Senior & Student $18.

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 $28 / Child (2-12) $16.50 / Senior & Student $22.50.

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

General Admission + All: Adult $33 / Child (2-12) $20 / Senior & Student $27.

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