thirteen things to keep in mind when Visiting  American Museum of Natural History

Duration required

It takes about three and a half hours to explore with General Admission + One special exhibition ticket and about two and a half hours without the exhibition.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the American Museum of Natural History is as soon as they open at 10 am or at 3 pm when you still have two and a half hours left for it to close.

Timed entry

Entry to the Museum is timed. After you book your tickets, you will get a link in your email to reserve your time slot. Visitors can choose any time between 10 am and 4 pm.

Book in advance

Depending on the time of the day (and month), you may have to wait in the ticket counter line for half an hour or more to buy your ticket. Purchase the tickets online in advance and save the waiting.

Beat the crowd

The museum gets crowded on the weekends, during school breaks, in the summer, and throughout the winter holidays. So visit on a weekday or when it opens at 10:00 am to beat the crowds.

Wear comfortable shoes

The AMNH comprises 26 interconnected buildings and has 45 permanent exhibition halls and a planetarium. Be assured of lots of walking, so wear good shoes and bring water to stay hydrated.


The Museum has three places to eat and are open from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm, Wednesday to Sunday. Since the entry tickets allow re-admission, some visitors prefer to step out, dine and get back in.


Bring a camera to take pictures of many amazing exhibits and specimens. Remember, no photography or filming is permitted in the theaters.

General Admission

The General Admission ticket includes admission to all the permanent Museum halls of the American Museum but does not include special exhibitions.

Admission + One

The General Admission + One ticket includes admission to all permanent exhibitions plus one Special Exhibition. Choose one of the Special Exhibitions on the ticketing page.