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My Visit To The Museum Of Natural History NY And What You Must Know To Enjoy Your Visit

Updated on August 9, 2014

What you see in the museum of natural history is more than history, it is an adventure!

My visit and review of the American museum of natural history in New York located in Central Park W at 79TH St

New York, NY.

For those of you who don't know, this is one of the biggest museum in the world. What you see when you enter the museum exhibitions, is only a small number of the millions of specimens the museum has collected over the years.

In fact if the museum where to display all of his specimens, it would take a museum the size of central park, or if his going up more than his current 4 floors. It will need 2 buildings 90 stories high to put them all.

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Plan Your Visit


When you are visiting New York with your family, the best way to save on money, is to stay in New Jersey. Since hotel rates in New York are higher.

2 of the most popular hotels to stay are the Holiday Inn and the Marriot hotels in New Jersey. Holiday Inn offering mini van transportation to the bus stop, to take the bus to NY. With Marriot the bust stop is right next to the hotel, but it has higher hotel rates. My tip to you is to take the holiday inn and get taken to the bus stop, because the farther you are from NY the cheaper is going to be.

Public Transportation

Buses To New York

It doesn't matter if you decided to stay at the Holiday inn or the Marriot, the same bus number will take you to New York. The bus available to reach NY is the 163.

. The bus number going to NY, will stop at the port authority terminal in NY, meaning you don't have to be afraid of wondering where the bus is going to drop you off.

. The bus passes every half hour Monday to Sunday.

. It takes the bus to reach NY 25 to 30 minutes, that goes by fast while you enjoy the scenery.

Port Authority Terminal

The port authority terminal in NY is one of the main public transportation in the city, almost all buses coming from New Jersey will stop here. There are even express buses to take you, to the closest airports to take your flight after you finish your visit. That is, is the airport you came from is in NY.

When you get off in this terminal, descend to the first floor and the take the stairs to the lower level, to take the subway.

1) Once you are in the lower level, buy a ticket from a clerk or like everyone else from the ticket machines, is faster and easy.

2) You pay $2.25 dollars to ride the train. As soon as you get the ticket, look at the signs on the ceilings.

3) Look for the sign that says uptown, then follow that direction. which is right next to where you buy the tickets. (uptown because the museum is up north, if you choose to go south, you will end up in Wall Street or Brooklyn)

4) Pass the card by the swipe machine and you will heart a beat, that signals you that you can pass. ( make sure the black string in the card is swipe by the machine, otherwise you wont be able to pass) ( same system as swiping a debit or credit card)

5) If you can't pass, swipe the card again, when you hear the beat, pass. Some people pass the card to fast, others to slow. Pass it normally.

6) Once you enter, keep walking up the hallway, staying to your right and look up the signs in the ceiling that says E uptown after you walk past some stores, you will see the stairs with the letter E on the right side, go down the stairs to take the train.

7) Wait for the train C or A but if you take the train C you will get off at the lower entrance of the museum, there no other place to head to in there.

8) Take the train, C is you choose that one and get off at the stop that says: 81 ST and your there.

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What You Can And Cannot Bring Into The Museum

As soon as you pay your ticket, you will be check for bag inspection, open your bag, purses and other items that need to be open and enjoy your visit.

- To the museum of natural history you can bring a backpack, school size only or smaller.

- You can bring food inside the back pack, but cannot eat inside the museum. If you're hungry, you can eat the food you have outside of the museum. Just make sure to have your tickets, or you can't come back inside.

- There are many dining stores inside the museum, if you don't want to bring food.

- Cameras with big flashes that are not hand held are discouraged. But you can use your small hand held camera flash or the one from your phone in most exhibits. Tripods and lights may not be use in the museum.

- You cannot take pictures or film in any of the special exhibitions, in fact it is forbidden, because it will ruin the experience for other people.

- You cannot cause trouble inside, or you will be remove from the museum.

- You cannot make loud noises or you will be remove from the museum.

- You must control your kids, or you will be removed from the museum, if a baby cry that is different. I mean kids running out of control, while their parents just watch.

Coat Check

There is a coat check that cost $ 2 dollars to leave your coats, umbrellas and bags can be check per person, while they have space.

Items discouraged and not permitted at the coat check are purses, wallets, computers, bikes, musical instruments and anything of value. All you items left in the coat check must be claim before the museum closes.

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Museum Opening Hours


The american museum of natural history is open:

Monday to Sunday.

10:30 am to 5:45 pm

Except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Ticketing And General Admission

1 regular entrance to the regular halls and the planetarium!

General Admission

Adults: $19

Children (2-12): $10.50

Seniors/Students with ID: $14.50

Adult Members: Free

Child Members: Free

.The General Admission includes entrance to the museum halls and the Rose Center for Earth and Space. (it does not include entrance to the museums special exhibitions and the planetarium space show) The entrance you pay is to support the museum and all of his exhibitions.

.If you wish to pay less money than the regular admission, you can do that by asking the clerk in the admission desk. For example: if you don't want to pay $19 dollars, you can tell them that you want to pay less and can pay, let's say $17 dollars instead.

General Admission Plus One

It means you pay for the normal halls, plus 1 special exhibitions of your choosing at the ticket desk!

Adults: $25

Children (2-12): $14.50

Seniors/Students with ID: $19

Includes entrance to all the museum halls and the planetarium, plus 1 special exhibition, Imax film or the planetarium space show. When you ask for this general admission plus one, you have to tell the clerk which special exhibition you want to see, since you can't make up your mind inside inside the museum. Do not throw away the tickets they give you

This is what it says on the museum site about the general admission plus one

Should you wish to pay less than the suggested Museum admission and attend a special exhibition, IMAX film, or Hayden Planetarium Space Show, you may do so by purchasing tickets at any admissions desk at the Museum and by adding $22 per adult, $12 per child, and $18 per senior or student to the amount you wish to pay for general admission.

Let me explain what it says above means

. The moment you're about to pay your ticket, you can't say to the clerk that you wish to pay less than the general admission plus one. Because that is only after you have pay for the general admission. What do i mean simple.

. If you pay the regular ticket for 1 person you, which is $ 19 dollars. And are later wow by what is inside the museum and you will be wow, you decide you want to see 1 of the special exhibitions.

. You then will have go back to the clerk and ask to see a special exhibition and will have to pay $22 dollars extra and add to that, why! Because all ticket purchase are finals. then let's say you add to the $22 dollars, $1 dollars.

General admission: $19 dollars.

a few minutes later wow by the museum and wish to see a special exhibition

$22 dollars for 1 adult and add to that $1 dollar

total: $42 dollars.

. You will end up paying $17 dollars more for not choosing the general admission plus one from the beginning, you loose, not save money.

Super Saver Admission

You get entrance to all the halls and all the special exhibitions!

Adults: $33

Children (2-12): $20.50

Seniors/Students with ID: $25.50

Adult Members: $16.50

Child Members: $12

This deal is the best, because you can see all the special exhibitions.


This deals is only best if you are early in the museum at the time of opening and your plans are to see the special exhibitions more than the museum. Why do i say this? because the museum is huge, in one day you won't be able to see all 4 floors of 45 halls, plus the planetarium. Specially if you are going to the museum with your family, instead of by yourself.

Special Exhibitions

Which to choose, which is best? It is up to you!

. Spiders Alive- This special exhibition displays real live spiders, big spider models and fossils for viewers to see and learn many things from their web, venom or environment.

All the staff in this exhibition will handle the live spiders for viewers to observe closer.

Time: Timed entry only.

Opens From July 28, 2012, to December 2, 2012.

.Creatures Of Light- This exhibition is all about the world of creatures who emit light from their bodies, worth seem this exhibition. This exhibitions shows you many animals that glow, like firefly on the sky, to glow worms in the sea. This show will reveal your questions about this shiny creatures that make this exhibition one of the top attractions for visiting the museum.

Open From March 31, 2012 to January 6, 2013

. Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies- This exhibition shows you many of the latest technologies use by scientists of the museum to bring you amazing tools use to study bacteria, the planets, our solar system and it will show you many imaging art of those studies, that s use for bringing details of those specimens like never before.

Special Exhibition from June 25, 2011 to June 24, 2013

. Journey To The Stars- One of the most view special exhibitions in the museum, located inside the giant sphere of the rose center for space and earth. This shows takes you in a journey through the stars and shows you how it all began and how the planets, stars and sun work. During this exhibition expect to feel like your falling, It feels like your inside a space ship traveling thought the universe.


Monday to Friday:

Every half hour, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Except on Wednesdays (Wednesday is at 11:00 a.m.)

Saturday to Sunday:

Every half hour, 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 4, 2009 - December 31, 2012, when the current space show ends, a new space show will begin. I have seem 2 space shows in my visits and each have been a different and amazing experience.

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Special Butterfly Exhibition - The Butterfly Conservancy

You're inside now what? At the front desk when you buy the tickets, they give you a map.


Let's Start The Tour, The Rose Center For Earth And Space - Open The Map And Look For Floor 1, which is in the lower part of the building.

If you took the train C as soon as you buy the tickets you will find yourself in the left side of the museum, if you go up the stairs you will see the rose center for space and earth or the planetarium.

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What To Do In The Planetarium

Take pictures with the Willamette meteor in the center!

Hall of the universe Discover pieces of meteors, including the giant Willamette

Weight yourself, if you were in the moon, mars and a comet

Weight: i weight over 2 trillion pounds in a comet, i guess i really need to go on a diet.

Discover many tools and devices use for space explorations

the cosmic pathway where you will see the history of the universe, examples of meteorites, fossils and the first animal who had eyes, each step you take. Takes you millions of years of history in this 360 path.

Hall of planet earth where you will see many rock samples from the earth, including rocks from volcanoes, earthquakes and many more. One cf nice feature of this hall is 2 rocks that were taken from a quake, where you could see what the quake did to the rocks bellow. You can touch the rocks.

Hayden big bang theater where you can discover the birth of the universe, this virtual tour is located in the lower Hayden sphere in the 2nd floor.

Scales of the universe In the second floor you will see a huge square walk way, where you will see realistic size planets, making the Hayden sphere the sun. That is also use as a reference to many other things in the universe.

Hayden Planetarium The giant sphere in the center of the rose center for earth and space is where you can see the space show, and the big bang theater. The space show is located above the space theater and their walkways are on top of the other.

Willamette Meteor

Willamette Meteor

Weights: 34 tons.

This meteor is supported by column that go deep inside the earth, bellow the planetarium. Oh course being a great attraction of the planetarium and one of the few places in the world where you can be up close to a meteor means.. you can touch it.

Burn the take a picture button in your camera with hundreds of pictures to remember yourself touching the meteor.

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Hall Of Biodiversity- Spectrum Of Life Wall - Discover and get a close view of many animals and corals you can only see in pictures and videos.

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In the hall of biodiversity, you will find and learn about the many species that are on earth. This incredible hall and one of the most visited in the museum shows you:

A diorama( recreation) of the Dzanga-Sangha rain forest where you can see is dense ecosystem with 160 specimens of flowers and trees. This rain forest recreation shows you how it looks at dawn, how it has change from man changes like a road and many more things to explore.

Spectrum of life shows you the evolution of 1500 species in this amazing wall, unique in the world. Look at how the separated panels in the wall show you how many bacteria, plants and animals have evolve.

Endangered species this hall shows you an interactive view of many animals that are in danger of extinction like the panda.

A Dodo, a lesson of extinction and a fossil to observe of what is left of this famous bird.

Siberian tigers are great hunters, fast and strong this animals are now being observe through cameras to avoid human interaction and discover this amazing cat population.

Giant Jellyfish - Real Size Model Of Animals both alive today and extincts.

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Bronze Frog - Some models in the hall are shown with a different material to highlight something they want you to read.

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    Hall Of Ocean Life - A huge hall and interactive exhibit you don't want to leave.

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    The hall of ocean life first thing you notice is a real size model of a blue whale, one of the few places where you can measure yourself against at hanging blue whale that takes over most of the center hall.

    When i first saw this hall, i wanted to work there. Too much i ask for the duties, since each hall has caretakers, your job as security or staffer will be to make sure people don't touch the exhibits, simple enough.

    This incredible hall shows you the diversity and wonders of the blue sea, many oceans, with many climates showing you distinct animals can be found here. 750 animals of the deep sea for you to enjoy an underwater tour you will never forget and neither will your camera.

    Coral reefs life can be seem here in many of the fun environments recreate here for you to learn about them.

    The giant squid vs the sperm whale an epic battle shown of a giant squid attacking his prey. This exhibit shows you a giant squid never before seem in video until 2005, a great day for the viewers and for the museum hall of ocean life.

    The walrus there are many landscapes where it shows you this strong and sometimes funny creatures for the public to enjoy a good laugh and photos.

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    Enjoy Many Dioramas of The Sea In The Hall Of Ocean Life

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    Discover Many Fish Species You Never Heard Before - All of them are real life size models.

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    Enjoy The Realistically Made Walruses

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    Take Some Time To Visit The Museum Library - If Your an artists you will find great illustrations to draw, aside from all the halls!

    Hall Of North American Forests

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    In the hall of north american forest, you will see many dioramas or recreations of north american forest. You will discover the different ecosystems and climates of each forest.

    Giant Sequoia is part of the exhibit in the hall of north american history,. The slice of this tree shown in display is from a tree that use to stand 300 meter tall until it was cut down. This tree slice show us how big and incredible giant trees can be.

    Life On The Forest Floor is a large size diorama to show you the life that happens in the forest floor, very educational and entertaining to watch.

    One of the most important things that must be appreciated is the incredible and realistic details the staff, artists and many more people took, to making this landscape look as real as possible.

    Forests and Mountains In North America

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    Cactus Forests

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    Yellow Fever Mosquito - A special, 100 times is size of the mosquito that cause a lot of problems.

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    Hall Of African Mammals

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    This hall shows you many big animals of Africa, the models you see in this picture and the ones in the halls were made by observing them in the wild, some are from artists and photographers.

    African elephants in the center of the hall are the main highlight of this hall. The model size are from live elephants, this models are shown walking in a herd.

    African lions diorama shows you a day in the life of the king of the jungle, sitting bellow a tree, to cool down from the heat, along with his mating partners.

    Black rhinoceros diorama shows you 3 amazing rhinos with big black horns, thus the name black rhinoceros. This animals have been disappearing because of their coveted black horns use for medicine and daggers.

    Gorillas There something amazing about seem a gorilla, even in model form. Gorillas have always been the strong, aggressive type that brings people to want to see them. The diorama of the gorillas show you 3 volcanoes in the background, one of which is a tomb to the explorer who brought this gorillas specimens.

    Ostrichis known as the fastest bird in the planet, well known by everyone of all ages. In his diorama you see a group of parent ostrich defending their next from wild boars.

    The water hole is one of the main highlights of the African hall, showing you many animals gathering near the water hole to get a drink.

    Hall Of Planet Earth

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    This hall shows you an immense variety of earth rocks and formations under different scenarios. The halls is divided into many parts, from volcano rocks, to rocks that have been affected by quakes.

    One of the great things i found in this hall is been able to touch much of the rocks in display. I have never touch incredible rocks, like volcano rocks or underwater rocks. Truly a fascinating experience.

    Measuring earthquake intensity is a real time recorder of quakes that monitors seismic activities in Alaska, Japan and Arizona. If you see the monitor shaking violently, you know what is happening.

    Measuring your quake power is a monitor, where you step in a circle in the floor and you jump, to create seismic waves. The monitor will move if you cause a big magnitude. My family and i jump and the thing didn't move. I bet if i threw one of the rocks from the hall in it, it will show a bit of movement. Well the machine is made to show you the different in power between a quake and you.

    Sulfur chimneys are found deep underwater, they are what keep the ocean floor burning with hot water. This is one of the few times i could get up close an personal with this amazing wonders of nature, that i would not be able to see otherwise.

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    Hall Of Vertebrate Origins

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    In this hall you will learn and go back in history, to see about the evolution of vertebrate animals, animals with backbones. In here you can see some of the earliest animals to live only in land.

    You would also learn about the first animals to live completely in land, have developed heads and other characteristics that made them vertebrate animals. Explore from 250 species that will keep you entertain.

    One of the things about this exhibit is being able to touch, touch fossils. Some of the fossils you can feel including a tooth from Carcharadon one of the biggest shark to ever live. It was an amazing experience touching the shark tooth, in a safe environment.

    Dunkleosteus is one of the animals that will get your attention in this hall. His bone armor body and strong jaws. This is one of the first animals to have a giant jaw.

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    Overall Experience

    In overall i enjoy my visit to the museum of natural history, i have been there twice and both times i have discover something new and funny to enjoy. Including that the hall of meteorites and rocks is now behind a glass. Since they show gold, rubies, pearls, emeralds, diamonds and many more. I wonder what happen since the last time i went over 3 years ago.

    As soon as i left the museum with my family, we took the train back to 42 st and 8 avenue. Behind the port authority terminal there a pizza place, where we ate 2 slices of cheese pizza and a can of soda, that left us full.

    The sizes are huge and the special is $2.75 for 2 slices and a can of soda or ice tea. With all that we spend, this was the cheapest place in the city to eat.

    By the time our journey was over, there feet were tired, i could still go, since i didn't have time to see everything i wanted, but i could see most of the exhibits.

    In all the museum is a great place to hang with your family and friends, or by yourself. You are guarantee a good time, after all there are a lot of halls that will meet the criteria of everyone.

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        thecampingtrail1 3 years ago

        I really like your lens. I love the natural history museum. It is definitely a must see if you are ever in NY. It might be worth noting that you if you are visiting several attractions in New York. The city pass is a great way to save money

        I highly recommend the Guggenheim also!

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        digitaltree 4 years ago

        @chickie99: Thank you for visiting this Lens, i'm glad you found the page fun and interesting:)

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        chickie99 4 years ago

        one the funner and interesting museums

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        digitaltree 4 years ago

        @Isabellas-cabin: Thank you for stopping by my new Lens. I hope when you get the change to visit NY, you get to experience the amazing exhibitions in the museum:)

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        digitaltree 4 years ago

        @Jack2205: Thank you for visiting and learning about my experience in the museum, i'm glad you enjoy it:)

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        digitaltree 4 years ago

        @Ahdilarum: Thank you for visiting, you comment make me smile, i know how you feel. But the experience is worth it, i'm glad you go to see a bit of the museum through my Lens and maybe someday you get the change to go there:)

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        digitaltree 4 years ago

        @KarenHC: Thank you for stopping by my new Lens, i hope when you visit NY next time you get to visit the museum, trust me it is an amazing place:)

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        Isabellas-cabin 4 years ago

        If I am ever in New York, I will make a stop to the museum. I know I have seen plenty of shows about the museum, but never really thought about how much fun it would be to go to one!

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        Jack 4 years ago

        Interesting review of the museum.

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        Ahdilarum 4 years ago

        I am very tired, felt like visited the museum personally.

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        Karen 4 years ago from U.S.

        Wow, what a great overview of the NY Museum of Natural History! I'd love to go next time I visit NY (which unfortunately isn't very often).