Located in the heart of Manhattan, bordering on beautiful Central Park, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's greatest scientific and cultural institutions, one of the most architecturally magnificent buildings, an exciting concurrence of the past and the future, and a continual delight for the curious of all ages. The renovated dinosaur floor---what many visitors consider the museum's crowning glory---showcases over 600 dinosaur fossils from the museum's record-setting collection, and includes a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton. A 94-foot-long and much-loved model of a blue whale hangs from the ceiling of the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, which was renovated to great acclaim in 2003.
Leave some time to explore space. The glassy Rose Center for Earth and Space, hailed as an architectural masterpiece, adds the equivalent of another museum. The Rose Center chronicles the history of the universe and houses a planetarium with a virtual reality simulator.
If the Museum of Natural History seems a little familiar, you may have seen it on screen. Movies like K-PAX
, The Squid and The Whale
, Miracle on 34th Street
, Spider-Man 2
, Men in Black 2
, The Devil Wears Prada
, and Night at the Museum
all had scenes filmed here.
See the Lonesome George
exhibit, free with any admission ticket. Lonesome George, the world-famous Pinta Island tortoise who was the last of his kind when he died in 2012 in the Galapagos Islands, has been preserved in consultation with Museum scientists and will be on display for a limited time.
Also take advantage of the Supersaver ticket and get exclusive access to the Space show, IMAX movies, and special exhibitions:
Featured IMAX film
Great White Shark IMAX
. Select show times available in 3-D
July 07, 2014 - January 04, 2015
In this stunning giant-screen movie, filmmakers Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell take viewers around the world for "a breathtaking encounter with the predator we love to fear" and a look at their critical role at the top of the oceanic food chain.
Special Super Saver Exhibits
The Butterfly Conservatory
- November 01, 2014 - May 25, 2015
Dense humidity, lush green plants, and tropical butterflies of every color filling the room - who'd guess this is New York City in the middle of winter? This is one of the museum's most popular annual seasonal exhibitions
Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
- April 5, 2014 - January 5, 2015
Visitors will see pterosaurs up close on land, in the sky, and flying over water. The exhibition will have a special focus on flight, comparing pterosaurs to birds and bats in particular and exploring both similarities and differences. Fossils of pterosaurs and other species - dinosaurs, fish, turtles, insects, and more - as well as casts, lifelike models, videos, hands-on interactive and other exhibits will bring pterosaurs to life.
Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters
- November 15, 2014 - August 9, 2015
From earthquakes and volcanoes to hurricanes and tornadoes, nature's forces shape our dynamic planet and affect people around the world. Nature's Fury will uncover the causes of these natural disasters, explore the risks associated with each, and examine how people cope and adapt in their aftermath. Interactive displays and animations will help visitors understand how natural phenomena work. By monitoring earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulating an earthquake fault, generating a virtual volcano, standing within the center of a roaring tornado, and exploring the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City, visitors will learn how scientists are helping to make better predictions, plan responses, and prepare for future events.
Daily 10:00 to 17:45
Closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving
- Entrance to the Museum
- Entrance to Rose Center for Earth and Space
- Access to Space Show (for Super Saver ticket only)
- Access to Special Exhibitions (for Super Saver ticket only)
- Ticket to IMAX (for Super Saver ticket only)
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activity costs
- Meals and drinks
- Guided tour
- VIP tickets are also available here
- Timed entries for special shows and exhibits are subject to availability.
- Children below 2 years old are free of charge.