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Hall of Ocean Life

American Museum of Natural History

West 81st Street & Central Park West
New York, NY

Daily 10 am - 5:45 pm

Suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under


NYC kids are the envy of world-wide lovers of dinosaurs, sea creatures, outer space and Ben Stiller for their access to this giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders. The museum’s extensive collection is matched by an array of programs for budding explorers.

* Strollers can roll in at the Rose Center for Earth and Space entrance (81st Street between Columbus & Central Park West) or on Columbus at 79th Street. The Central Park entrance usually has the longest lines – but also really cool dinosaur fossils.

* Buy tickets online to avoid line (or become a member, a great value with lots of perks at $125+)

* Elevators are large but slow and crowded. Most bathrooms have changing tables.

* This popular spot can get crazy crowded. Avoid on holidays, winter break, rainy Sundays, etc, though you can always find a peaceful nook somewhere on the second or third floors.

* Focus your explorations by following one of the popular tour itineraries. On warm days frolic in the fountains on the mezzanine above the Planetarium on 81st Street.

T. rex: The Ultimate Predator

Learn about entire tyrannosaur superfamily and the amazing story of the iconic dinosaur through stunning life-sized models, fossils and casts, and engaging interactives. Visitors ages 12 and up can enjoy an immersive multiplayer virtual reality experience developed exclusively for this exhibition.

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American Museum of Natural History Discovery Room

Explore artifacts and specimens, hang-out inside a giant tree, put together puzzles, build a dinosaur fossil and conduct scientific experiments in an enclosed hands-on space. Free 40-minute timed tickets are available at the Discovery Room entrance (first floor by West 77th Street); they sometimes fill out and you’ll need to…

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Gateway Storytime

Ages 2 to 5 can play in the Discovery Room, then explore a natural science or cultural topic with a story, song, and visit with a worksheet to a related Museum Hall. One of our favorite NYC activities–we’re even in the website’s photos. Two sessions: 10:10 & 11:10 am. Free…

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The Discovery Squad for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Families with 5–14 year-olds with autism spectrum disorders can attend a 40-minute tour led by specially trained tour guides, then spend some time exploring the Discovery Room before the Museum opens to the public. The program was developed in collaboration with the Seaver Autism Center at the Icahn School of…

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