American Museum of Natural History (AMNH)

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-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.

The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures.

The Education Department creates learning opportunities for learners of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors, at the Museum, at home, in school, and in the community.

Teachers and students can take advantage of the exciting programs and offerings throughout the year. Plan your visit to the Museum. Volunteer in the exhibition halls. Parents can explore resources at home and in the community.

American Museum of Natural History 

Central Park West at 79th Street

New York, NY 10024

P. 212-769-5100

Website: AMNH

E-mail: AMNH

Suggested General Admission

  • Adults:  $19
  • Children (2-12):  $10.50
  • Seniors/Students with ID:  $14.50
  • Adult Members:  Free
  • Child Members:  Free

Suggested General Admission, which supports the Museum’s scientific and educational endeavors, includes admission to all 45 Museum halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Should you wish to pay less than the suggested admission, you may do so by purchasing tickets at any admissions desk at the Museum. By purchasing tickets online, you agree to pay the full suggested admission plus a service charge per ticket.

SuperSaver Admission

  • Adults:  $33
  • Children (2-12):  $20.50
  • Seniors/Students with ID:  $25.50
  • Adult Members:  $16.50
  • Child Members:  $12

tickets include admission to the Museum and Rose Center for Earth and Space plus all special exhibitions, IMAX films, and the Hayden Planetarium Space Show.

Museum Plus One Admission

  • Adults:  $25
  • Children (2-12):  $14.50
  • Seniors/Students with ID:  $19

Museum Plus One tickets include admission to the Museum and Rose Center for Earth and Space plus one special exhibition, IMAX film, or Hayden Planetarium Space Show. By purchasing Museum Plus One tickets online, you agree to pay the full Museum Plus One admission plus a service charge per ticket.

Museum Hours

The Museum is open daily, 10:00 a.m.—5:45 p.m.

The Museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Download Museum Map

Interactive Floor Plan

Directions and Transportation

Dining

Hayden Planetarium Space Shows

Popular Shows

PARKING

Parking is available at our facility conveniently located within the museum; enter at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

The hours of operation are 8am – 11pm.

For more information please call (212) 313-7278.

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School and Youth Group Trips and Programs

Teachers and students can take advantage of the exciting programs and offerings throughout the year. Plan your visit to the Museum. Parents can explore resources at home and in the community.

School Groups Visiting Outside New York City Please click the image below for rates and information

School Group Programs Available (All Grades)

Discovery Room

Permanent Exhibitions 

Adventures in Science

Multi-day and weeklong science immersions for children in grades pre-K – 8 that introduce them to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits.

Discovery Room for School Groups

A hands-on exploration of science and inquiry for School Group visits.

Discovery Room

The Discovery Room offers families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the scenes look at its science.

The Early Adventures Program

This program encourages preschoolers, ages 2 to 5 years old, to use their instinctive nature to investigate and explore the world around them in an environment designed for them.

Drop-In Events for School Groups

A series of free, hands-on events for school groups of all ages on a variety of topics. Check out the Drop-In events for the 2013-14 school year.

LeFrak Class of the Month Essay Contest – Whales: Giants of the Deep

The LeFrak Class of the Month Essay Contest invites New York City students in grades K-8 to submit essays about their Museum visit to the LeFrak Family Gallery, where they can experience Whales: Giants of the Deep.

Nature Walks

Observe the vibrant migration of birds in Central Park and other nature walks hosted by the Museum.

The Science and Nature Program

Classes for young children and their parents or caregivers about the wonders of science and nature.

Sackler Educational Laboratory for Class Trips

Grades 8-12: Middle and high school laboratory experiences in comparative genomics, evolution, and the brain.

Summer Camp and Scout Group Trips

Prepare for and Book Your Visit – Camp or Scout Group

Please note that these pages are for planning NYC and tri-state area school and camp group visits. If you are a school or camp group from outside New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, please visit the Group Sales page.

There’s a reason we’re a top field trip destination in New York City: amazing new exhibits, over 32 million objects in our permanent collections, and exceptional programs, resources and classes for students and teachers!

Follow these simple steps to plan an unforgettable museum learning experience for your students or camp group.

  1. Get Started!

    With five exhibit floors to explore, less is more! Select a Hall of Focus, sign up for a student program, or get tickets to a Special Exhibition, IMAX Film or Space Show. All of our programs are designed to support the NYC K-8 Scope and Sequence for Science and Social Studies.

    Permanent Exhibitions Special Exhibitions And Shows
    Programs for School Groups For Educators: Guides and Resources
  2. Prepare For Your Day

    Get ready for your visit with these important Museum policies and procedures.

    Price and Payment Lunchrooms
    Museum Conduct Download Museum Map
    Arrival and Departure
  3. Book Your Field Trip

    Book your field trip at least 5 weeks in advance. If you have changes (new field trip date, reduction/increase of reservation numbers, or cancellations), please call Central Reservations 14 days before your visit to receive a refund. Before you call Central Reservations to book your field trip, please use the Reservation worksheet to map out your day at the Museum. Keep it handy to expedite your call!

COMPLETE YOUR RESERVATION WORKSHEET 

IMPORTANT DETAILS Occasionally some halls in the Museum may be closed. To ensure that the specific hall you are coming to see is open, please call the Museum 5 days before your visit at (212) 769-5100 and listen for the weekly hall closings.

Open your confirmation packet immediately! The Museum will only send out one confirmation packet per group and it will be addressed to the one who made the reservation. The packet will confirm your Museum itinerary.

Family Trips and Programs

Programs

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Hayden Planetarium Programs

After-hours lectures and programs for the Museum’s Hayden Planetarium Theater

Adventures in Science

CAMP, INSTITUTE, WORKSHOP

Adventures in Science

Multi-day and weeklong science immersions for children in grades pre-K – 8 that introduce them to a wide variety of scientific disciplines through thought-provoking, hands-on investigations and interactive tours of Museum exhibits.

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Global Weekends

A family-friendly series of day-long programs about contemporary cultures from around the world.

Discovery Room

EXHIBITION

Discovery Room

The Discovery Room offers families, and especially children ages 5-12, an interactive gateway to the wonders of the Museum and a hands-on, behind-the scenes look at its science.

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CHILD AND CAREGIVER PROGRAM, CHILD AND PARENT PROGRAM

The Early Adventures Program

This program encourages preschoolers, ages 2 to 5 years old, to use their instinctive nature to investigate and explore the world around them in an environment designed for them.

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KIDS AND FAMILY PROGRAM

Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins

Step into the state-of-the-art Sackler Educational Laboratory, located in the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, every Saturday and Sunday, for hands-on activities led by scientists.

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WALKS AND TOURS

Nature Walks

Observe the vibrant migration of birds in Central Park and other nature walks hosted by the Museum.

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CHILD AND PARENT PROGRAM

The Science and Nature Program

Classes for young children and their parents or caregivers about the wonders of science and nature.

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PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Milstein Science Series

This weekend afternoon series give visitors a chance to interact with scientists, discover amazing creatures, and celebrate science under the iconic blue whale.

Monthly Family Series

AT THE MUSEUM, PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Monthly Family Series

Monthly programs for families with children ages 4 to 11 that runs from October to June that include audience participation and hands-on activities.

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Professional Development and Workshops

Summer Programs for Teachers

CLASSES, SEMINARS, AND WORKSHOPS

Common Core Aligned Workshops

Workshops in this series focus on providing teachers with tools to deepen science content and make connections to Common Core reading and writing standards.

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EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Workshops, Institutes, and Courses

Opportunities for teachers at the Museum.

Educator Evening

EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Educators’ Evenings

Exhibition openings with curator introductions and relevant resources.

Seminars On Science

COURSE, EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Seminars On Science – Online Graduate Courses for Teachers

Seminars on Science offers a series of fully online professional development courses.

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EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Urban Advantage

Program designed to support NYC middle school student investigations.

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EDUCATOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Blended Courses and Workshops – Online and Onsite

In each of these courses, teachers will spend time reading, reflecting and interacting in an online environment, but will also spend some time at AMNH doing hands-on work.

Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

CLASSES, SEMINARS, AND WORKSHOPS

Graduate and Undergraduate Courses

Programs available for graduate credit, offering in partnership with NYC universities and colleges.

High School & College Student Programs

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INTERNSHIP

Internships for College and Graduate Students

Internships for museum, science, social science, and education professionals.

Museum Education and Employment Program

PAID INTERNSHIP

Museum Education and Employment Program

A unique and challenging summer employment experience for young adults ages 18-21.

After-School Program

STUDENT PROGRAMS

After School Program

Courses for NYC high school students interested in the sciences.

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STUDENT PROGRAMS

Saltz Internship Program

Interact with Museum visitors as a high-school intern in the exhibition halls.

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STUDENT PROGRAMS

Young Naturalist Awards

The Young Naturalist Awards is a research-based science competition for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication in science.

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STUDENT PROGRAMS

YouthCaN: Youth Connecting and Networking

A youth-led organization that uses technology to inspire, connect and educate people worldwide about environmental issues.

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STUDENT PROGRAMS

Science Research Mentoring Program

In-depth scientific research training for high school students.

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College Fair

NYC high school students are invited to explore their future!

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  • kevin

    wow they added alot of new things

  • john

    if there is any museum that you must go to, its gotta be this one!! they have so many interesting and cool exhibits especially the exhibit “creatures of light” really fun and scary..like its crazy i feel like im actually there..