New York

United States

Central Park West at 79th Street
Phone: 212-769-5100

American Museum Of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-reaching program of scientific research, education, and exhibitions.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (11)

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Permanent Collection

The institution comprises 25 interconnected buildings housing 45 permanent exhibition halls, state-of-the-art research laboratories, one of the largest natural history libraries in the Western Hemisphere, and a permanent collection of more than 30 million specimens and cultural artifacts.

Previous Exhibitions

The Museum also develops and presents special exhibitions, which explore specific cultures, current scientific issues, and the natural sciences. Some highlights include: Darwin (2005–2006), Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries (2005–2006), Totems to Turquoise: Native North American Jewelry Arts of the Northwest and Southwest (2004–2005), Frogs: A Chorus of Colors (2004-2005), Petra: Lost City of Stone (2003-2004), Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind & Spirit (2003–2004), Einstein (2002–2003), The First Europeans: Treasures from the Hills of Atapuerca (2003), The Genomic Revolution (2001–2002), Pearls (2002), Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion (2002), Fighting Dinosaurs: New Discoveries from Mongolia (2000–2001), Body Art: Marks of Identity (1999–2000), Epidemic! The World of Infectious Disease (1999), The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition (1999), Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou (1998–1999), The Nature of Diamonds (1997–1998), Leonardo’s Codex Leicester: A Masterpiece of Science (1996–1997), and Amber: Window to the Past (1996). The extraordinarily popular exhibition The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter made its debut at the Museum in 1998 and has since been presented annually, continuing to enjoy great popularity. Many of the special exhibitions developed by the Museum travel to other institutions, both national and international.


Suggested admission is $13.00 adults, $7.50 children (2-12), $10.00 seniors and students with ID. Free to members. Additional charges apply for special exhibitions, IMAX films, and Hayden Planetarium shows.

Opening hours

The Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The Rose Center remains open on Fridays until 8:45 p.m. and until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights for SonicVision only.

Getting there

Subway: B (weekdays) or C to 81st Street; 1 to 79th Street.

Bus: M7, M10, M11 or M104 to 79th Street; M79 to Central Park West.

Parking: The Museum garage is open until 11 p.m. Enter on 81st Street.


The Museum shops feature merchandise from around the world that reflects the Museum's exhibitions on human cultures, the natural world and the universe.

The Museum Food Court offers a wide variety of selections appealing to all ages and palates.

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