American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is a landmark of Manhattan's Upper West Side in New York City, at 79th Street and Central Park West.  Founded in 1869, the Museum is famous for its habitat groups of African, Asian and North American mammals, for the full-size model of a Blue Whale suspended in the hall of oceans, for the skeleton of a rearing Barosaurus defending her young from an Allosaurus, for the 62-foot Haida carved and painted war canoe from the Pacific Northwest, and for the "Star of India", the largest blue sapphire in the world.  A complete floor is devoted to vertebrate evolution, including the world-famous dinosaurs.

The Museum's anthropological collections are also outstanding: Halls of Asian Peoples and of Pacific Peoples, of Man in Africa, Native Americans in the United States collections, general Native American collections, and collections from Mexico and Central America.

The Hayden Planetarium, connected to the museum, is part of the Rose Center for Earth and Space, housed in a glass cube containing the spherical Space Theater..

The Museum is open daily, 10:00 am - 5:45pm.
- The Rose Center remains open on Fridays until 8:45 pm
- The Museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
- Space Show Hours - Every Half hour Sunday - Thursday and Saturday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm Friday, 10:30am - 7:30pm.

You can buy tickets online or call Central Reservations for the Hayden Planetarium Courses and Lectures 212-769-5200.

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  • American Museum of Natural History
  • 79th Street and Central Park West
  • New York, NY 10021
  • (212) 313-7278
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