Founded in 1869, The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions and the largest natural history museum in the world. The museum spans 4 city blocks and consists of some 25 interconnected buildings, encompassing 45 permanent exhibition halls, including the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the Hayden Planetarium, along with several galleries for temporary exhibitions.
As of now, the phrase ‘natural history’ is somewhat restricted to the study of animal life. But the museum, which was founded following the discoveries by Darwin and other Victorians, uses it in its original sense. Simply put, the American Museum of Natural History lays emphasis on the study of all natural objects, animals, vegetables and minerals.
It’s an NYC icon full of exhibitions that represent people and animals from all the ages. There’s also a planetarium in the museum complex along with an IMAX theater, as well as special visiting exhibitions, and plenty of places to eat and shop.
- Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, featuring more than 750 models of sea creatures
- More than 130 scientifically significant meteorites in the Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites
- Natural fossil halls featuring the world’s largest collection of dinosaur fossils
- Human origins and cultural halls
- Mammal Halls with anatomically correct specimens from around the globe
- Hayden Sphere for exploring the 13-billion year history of the Universe
Open every day from 10:00 am – 05:45 pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Tickets to the American Museum of Natural History generally cost $23.00
AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Central Park West at 79th St.
New York, NY 10024
if you ever fond yourself in Ithaca, interested about the museum, there’s a direct bus from Ithaca to New York!