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American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's largest natural history museums. Founded in 1869, the American Museum of Natural History is an enormous scientific and cultural institution with extremely impressive collections of ancient civilizations, dinosaurs, frogs and a lot more.

The American Museum of Natural History is located at 79th St and Central Park West, Upper West Side and is easily reached by public transportation. The Museum occupies four city blocks, and holds more than 30 million artifacts and specimens from land, sea, and outer space.

The American Museum of Natural History has a global mission to discover, interpret and spread information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe, through a wide range of scientific research programs, education and exhibition.

Rose Center for Earth and Space

On your visit to American Museum of Natural History, be sure to take a thrilling journey in the spectacular adjoining Frederick Phineas & Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space.

The Rose Center for Earth and Space provides its own set of thrills: The space show, Cosmic Collisions, narrated by Robert Redford. The main entrance to the Rose Center for Earth and Space is on the north side of the Museum on West 81st Street, between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

Access is also available through the Museum from Central Park West at 79th Street.

General Information

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: (212) 769-5100
Website: amnh.org

American Museum of Natural History Entrance Hours:
Main Entrance (79th St. at Central Park West): Daily, 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Subway Entrance (Lower Level): Daily, 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
The 77th St. Entrance (between C.P.W. and Columbus Ave.) is not currently open to the public. Open for special events and education programs only.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

The American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space
W 81st Street and Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 769-5100

Strollers:
Strollers not allowed in Space Theater
Coat Check:
Directly inside main entrance at Central Park West at 79th Street and in lower level of Rose Center; Sept.-March, $2 per person, space permitting

Self-guide tour:
The AMNH Explorer free iPhone App; Details and Download or borrow one at the main admission gate for free, with a refundable credit card deposit. Rose Center Audio Tours now available, free.

For general information and current exhibition schedules call (212) 769-5100 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Featured Exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History

Mammal Halls
Marvel at the diversity and beauty of animals on Earth in the Akeley Hall of African Mammals. Depicting some of the many animals and habitats of Africa, the 28 dioramas in this hall, true works of art and have been reconstructed with such scientific accuracy and detail that they appear astoundingly lifelike.

Reptitles and Amphibians
View the great range of Reptitles and Amphibians, their physical forms, from the tiniest toad to the fearsome crocodile, and the widely diverse ways in which they move, protect themselves, chase prey, and reproduce.

Fossil Halls
Best known for its dinosaur skeletons, the American Museum of Natural History is home to the world's largest and most important collection of vertebrate fossils and dinosaurs, with more than 600 specimens on display. Explore the series of fossil halls, including its two famed dinosaur halls.

Hall of Human Origins
The Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins presents the remarkable history of human evolution from our earliest ancestors to modern Homo sapiens. The innovative Spitzer Hall combines the most up-to-date discoveries in the fossil record with the latest in genomic science.

Hall of Biodiversity
Walk through a re-creation of an African rain forest at the 11,000-square-foot Hall of Biodiversity. This hall represents an important step in the Museum's efforts to expand public understanding of Earth's diverse and often endangered life forms, while painting a vivid and inspiring portrait of the breathtaking beauty and abundance of life on Earth.

Hayden Planetarium Space Show
Tour familiar stellar formations, explore new celestial mysteries, and discover the fascinating, unfolding story that connects us all to the stars in Journey to the Stars. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg.

Public Transportation to the American Museum of Natural History

numnumnumSubway: Take the B (weekdays only) or C to 81st Street. Two blocks west of the Museum, the 1 train stops at Broadway and West 79th Street.

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

Getting In
There are two entrances to the American Museum of Natural History - you may use either:
1) Go to the the museum's Main Entrance (79th St. at Central Park West)
2) Go to the Rose Center Entrance (81st St. between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.)

Other Nearby Attractions:
Central Park
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Metropolitan Museum of Art

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