Certain Museum Halls may close early due to Special Events, please call (212) 769-5200 prior to your visit to check the status.
Insider Tip: The Rose Center entrance often has shorter lines
If you’ve seen the movie A Night at the Museum, you already understand the appeal of the world-class American Museum of Natural History. If you haven’t, believe us, it’s an amazing place! Visitors of all ages will find something to intrigue them, whether it’s the Alaskan Brown Bear diorama, the 563 carat Star of India sapphire, or a skullcap of Pachycephalasasurus – a plant-eating dinosaur that lived 65 million years ago!
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the largest museums in the world. Founded in 1869, this museum is most famous for its collection of dinosaur fossils and Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, which features a 94-foot whale model!
When you’ve completed your educational and interactive learning experience, stop by one of the museum’s themed shops, including the official Museum Shop. If you work up an appetite, a variety of dining options are available for all budgets, ranging from the Museum Food Court (great for families) to Café on One, which serves gourmet adult fare.
The New York Explorer Pass entitles you entry to the following permanent exhibits (please call the museum to verify the hall is open on the day you are visiting):
Biodiverstity & Envrionmental Halls: The Biodiversity and Environmental Halls offer a vivid and inspiring vision of the spectacular beauty and abundance of life on Earth. Of note, the Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life includes a 94 foot long 21,000 lb model of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling.
Birds & Reptiles and Amphibians Halls: The Museum’s Birds Halls portray the wide variety of avian life on the planet, and the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians reviews the anatomy, behavior, and various adaptations of these vertebrates. The Earth and Planetary Sciences halls showcase remarkable specimens, including meteorites, minerals, and rare gems, that offer clues about the origins of our solar system and the dynamic processes of our planet.
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 in the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing, as well as the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing of Mammals and Their Extinct Relatives.
Human Origins and Cultural Halls: The Hall of Human Origins explores the evolutionary story of the human family, while the Cultural Halls examine the cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Pacific.
Mammal Halls: With precise depictions of geographical locations and careful, anatomically correct mounting of the specimens, the dioramas in the Museum's Mammal Halls are among the most renowned in the world.
Rose Center for Earth and Space: The Rose Center for Earth and Space encompasses the spectacular Hayden Sphere and exhibitions that explore the vast range of sizes in the cosmos, the 13-billion-year history of the universe, the nature of galaxies, stars, and planets, and the dynamic features of planet Earth.
Present your pass for General Admission at either of these two locations:
Included Extra: Your pass entitles you to free general admission. If you would like to upgrade your admission ticket to include a temporary exhibit, IMAX or 3D film, OR a Hayden Planetarium Space Show, you may do so for an additional fee directly at the Museum.
By Subway: B (weekdays only) or C trains to 81st Street station;
1 train to 79th Street station at Broadway. Walk two blocks east to the Museum.
By Bus: M79 to 81st Street