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American Museum of Natural History

  • New York, United States of America (USA)

Last updated: 07 April, 2024

Housing the world’s largest collection of fossils, including two famed halls of dinosaur skeletons and one million specimens, the American Museum of Natural History is a world-class attraction and a must-see for anyone remotely interested in nature.

The location ain’t bad either – on the edge of Central Park in trendy Upper West Side – and the building is an architectural stunner, worth stopping by to see in its own right.

Don’t miss

The museum’s Rose Centre for Earth & Space has a wealth of fascinating photographs, displays and interactive exhibits about outer space. Every half hour, on the half hour, they show a great ‘Journey to the Stars’ space documentary in the planetarium.


Price from: £17
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Take the B or C subway to 81st Street. Book tickets in advance on the website to guarantee entry.

Before you go, download the museum’s ‘Explorer’ app, which has maps, directions and customized recommendations. You can also download a map PDF or pick up a printed one at information desks when you get there.

It’s also worth a quick look at the online interactive map of the galleries to plan what you want to see.

The City Pass

The mobile-delivered City Pass gives you entry to 6 top New York attractions at a 40% discount: the Empire State Building’s 86th-floor observatory, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, Ferry Access to Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island or the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.

When to do it

The museum is open all year round, seven days a week.