Museum of Natural History

Location: Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY 10024

Awe and marvel at one of the largest and most renowned museums in the world, The American Museum of Natural History. Both educational and entertaining, this NYC Museum of Natural History is perfect for adults and children alike. From dinosaur bones to far-off galaxies, spend a day and explore the world, past and present. It was voted the Number One Family Attraction in New York City and Third Most Popular destination in the USA by Zagat Survey Family Travel Guide!

Located in the heart of Manhattan, set across from beautiful Central Park, the Natural History Museum New York, is one of the world's greatest scientific and cultural institutions housed in one of the most architecturally magnificent buildings. Founded in 1869, the museum has grown significantly over the years, now comprising a staggering 25 interconnected buildings with more than 1.2 million square feet (111483 square meters) of exhibits, research facilities and libraries. It's an exciting merging of the past and the future, and a delight for the curious of all ages.

Discover the Natural History Museum NYC that continues to fascinate and enrich millions of visitors each year. Recently renovated, visitors can now experience the grandeur of its historic 77th Street lobby with its original 1904 design celebrating the return and revitalization of the century-old Museum icon of the past, the 63-foot-long (19.2 meters) Great Canoe. Beyond the iconic, show-stopping displays–the grizzly bear in the Hall of North American Mammals, the 94-feet long blue whale, the prehistoric Barosaurus skeleton rearing up as if to scare the adjacent Allosaurus skeleton–is an expertly curated, 148-year-old museum that fills visitors of all ages with a curiosity about the universe. Kids will love the many inspirational displays featured in the film Night at the Museum including the iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton on display in the Hall of Saurischian Dinosaurs and the Easter Island head in the Margaret Mead Hall of Pacific Peoples. Discover peoples of the world with the vivid displays of the Cultural Halls examining the cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America and the Pacific. Explore the evolutionary story of the human family in the Hall of Human Origins. Dozens of exhibits from mammals, birds, natural history, biodiversity to dioramas and more await!

Don't forget the Rose Center for Earth and Space, a grand glass cube enclosing the equally impressive sphere housing the Big Bang Theater and the Hayden Planetarium. Watch the four-minute Big Bang presentation, walk along the Cosmic Pathway, and explore our closest planetary wonder--planet Earth!

Here are some tips to help you plan your visit:

  • Museum of Natural History hours: daily from 10 am–5:45 pm, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Don’t miss a visit to the Gift Shop—it is awesome!
  • The Museum of Natural History is perpetually crowded, but you'll face fewer people if you visit on a weekday.
  • There are approximately 32 million artifacts inside, spread across four city blocks, 25 buildings and through 45 exhibition halls, so don't even plan on seeing everything in a single day!
  • You can download a map of the Museum here

We make it so easy to visit the Museum. Just hop on our Uptown and Harlem route and hop off at stop #20 for the Museum of Natural History. You’ll be glad you did!


This page was edited by Steven Thomas