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American Museum of Natural History Vacation

Rates from:  $177.00  per person for 2-night complete package

2-night and longer New York City vacation packages arriving any day.

American Museum of Natural History: TREX DisplayCome see why the American Museum of Natural History was voted the Number One Family Attraction in New York City and third most popular in the United States by Zagat Survey, US Family Travel Guide with high ratings in both child and adult appeal.

A must-see for people of all ages! Visit the world's tallest freestanding dinosaur exhibit in the museum's famous Fossil Hall and embark on an explorative journey through prehistoric times ... or visit the spectacular Rose Center for Earth and Space, the Hall of Universe, or the Hall of Planet Earth. 2-night and longer New York City vacation packages arriving any day.  

Your American Museum of Natural History Vacation Includes:
  • Accommodations for 2-nights or longer in a midtown Manhattan hotel of your choice, in the heart of Times Square, the Theater District, Rockefeller Center
  • Admission to the American Museum of Natural History
  • And much more

New York City Museums and Attractions: American Museum of Natural History RotundaThe American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s greatest museums with 46 permanent exhibition halls, beloved by young and old. These halls explore the natural world around us, the universe beyond and the cultures of humanity. One of the premier attractions in New York City is the Museum’s ser ies of fossil halls, including its two famed dinosaur halls. Visitors will not want to miss the Akeley Hall of African Mammals, one of the world’s greatest museum displays or the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, dominated by the famous 94 foot blue whale, one of the Museum’s star attractions. The Rose Center for Earth and Space, Manhattan’s boldest architectural icon is also an inspiring educational attraction that employs cutting edge technology to bring the universe to life.
Museum of Natural History
  • Marvel at the most important collection of dinosaur fossils in the world
  • Stand under a 94-foot-long blue whale, the largest animal that ever lived
  • Come face-to-face with your human ancestors
  • Spiral down millions of years of cosmic evolution
  • Walk through a central African rain forest
  • Feel the rumble of an earthquake
  • See the 563-carat Star of India, the largest and most famous star sapphire in the world 
Highlights from the Museum of Natural History Permanent Collection Include:
New York City Museums and Attractions: American Museum of Natural History: Hall of Human Origins Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins
Offering the most comprehensive evidence of human evolution ever assembled, this hall explores the most profound mysteries of humankind: who we are, where we came from, and what is in store for the future of our species.

New York City Museums and Attractions: American Museum of Natural History: Grand GalleryGrand Gallery
The Museum's historic 77th Street lobby restored to the grandeur of its original 1904 design celebrates the preservation and revitalization of a century-old Museum icon—the 63-foot-long Great Canoe.

New York City Museums and Attractions: American Museum of Natural History: Iridescent OpalsIridescent Opals
Renowned for their colorful iridescence, a display of 25 beautiful opal gemstones is now on public view in the Museum's Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals.

New York City Museums and Attractions: American Museum of Natural History: Jade SlabsRare Jade Slab
One of the Museum's newest and most spectacular mineral specimens, a rare two-foot long jade slab with dramatic whorls of green and white, is now on display in the 77th Street Grand Gallery.

New York City Museums and Attractions: American Museum of Natural History: Iridescent AmmoliteIridescent Ammolite
A dazzling iridescent gemstone fossil of an 80-million-year-old ammonite measuring two feet in diameter is now on display in the 77th Street Grand Gallery.

New York City Museums and Attractions: American Museum of Natural History StibniteSpectacular Stibnite
A 1,000-pound stibnite with hundreds of sword-like, metallic blue-gray crystals sprouting from a rocky base is now on display in the 77th Street Grand Gallery.

New York City Museums and Attractions: American Museum of Natural History: MeteoritesThe Arthur Ross Hall of Meteorites
The circular layout of this permanent hall centers around a massive 34-ton iron meteorite fragment called Ahnighito.

New York City Museums and Attractions: American Museum of Natural History: Ocean LifeThe Milstein Hall of Ocean Life
Home to one of the Museum's most celebrated icons, the 94-foot-long blue whale model, the hall is a fully immersive marine environment with video projections, interactive computer stations, and new ocean dioramas.

New York City Museums and Attractions: American Museum of Natural History: Hall of Planet EarthThe Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth
This permanent hall displays one of the most outstanding collections of geological specimens ever displayed in an exhibition hall.

Special Exhibitions, IMAX® Films and Space Shows at the American Museum of Natural History

What are the Special Exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History?

American Museum of Natural History: Butterly Conservatory
The Butterfly Conservatory
Date: Through May 29, 2016 (returns December 10, 2016-May 29, 2017)
This exhibition, an annual favorite, features up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies. Text panels located immediately outside the vivarium offer information about the evolution and life cycle of butterflies, including explanations of mimicry, diversity, and butterflies’ important role in conservation.

American Museum of Natural History: Secret World Inside YouThe Secret World Inside You
Date: Through August 14, 2016
The Secret World Inside You will take visitors on a tour of the human body, making stops at places where microbes thrive: your skin—which, covering about 20 square feet, is your largest organ—and your mouth and your gastrointestinal tract, which is home to your body’s densest and most diverse microbial community, among others.
The exhibition also will explore where our microbiomes come from. Most babies encounter their first big batch of microbes during birth, when they are coated with microbes from the mother’s birth canal, or, if born by caesarean section, from the skin of their mother, doctors, and others who touch them. New work also has shown that breast milk, in addition to providing nutrition for the baby, contains complex carbohydrates that cannot be digested by infants but are readily consumed by the dominant species of bacteria in the infant microbiome—evidence that we coevolved to live with these organisms.
The Secret World Inside You includes interactive activities, videos, and a live theater where a presenter will show visitors how scientists are navigating this exciting new field of research.

American Museum of Natural History: Dinosaurs Among UsDinosaurs Among Us
Date: Through January 2, 2017
Dinosaurs Among Us highlights the unbroken line between the charismatic dinosaurs that once dominated our planet and modern birds. Discover remarkable new evidence for what scientists now call one of the best-documented evolutionary transitions in the history of life. See life-like models of dinosaurs with feathers, including a 23-foot-long tyrannosaur with a shaggy coat of filaments called proto-feathers and a small dromeosaur with a 22-inch wingspan and vivid, patterned plumage on all four limbs. You'll never look at a bird the same way again.

American Museum of Natural History: Countdown to ZeroCountdown to Zero
Date: Through January 2, 2017
The challenges of eliminating devastating diseases are enormous, but successful strategies can bring about colossal social and economic benefits. Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease, a new exhibition about scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient afflictions, developed in collaboration with The Carter Center, focuses on several global efforts that have been able to contain, eliminate, or eradicate disease. Chief among these is the 30-year campaign that may soon eradicate Guinea worm disease, positioning it to become only the second human disease ever eradicated, after smallpox. The exhibition also highlights the ongoing programs to eliminate polio and prospects for more localized elimination of river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria.

American Museum of Natural History: TitanosaurThe Titanosaur
Date: Ongoing
The latest must-see exhibit at the Museum: The largest dinosaur ever discovered, a cast of a 122-foot-long titanosaur.
Paleontologists suggest this dinosaur, a giant herbivore that belongs to a group known as titanosaurs, weighed in at around 77 tons—as much as 14 or 15 African elephants. The species lived in the forests of today’s Patagonia about 100 to 95 million years ago, during the Late Cretaceous period, and is one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered.
The remains were excavated in the Patagonian desert region of Argentina by a team from the Museum of Paleontology Egidio Feruglio led by José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol, who received his Ph.D. at the American Museum of Natural History.

American Museum of Natural History: Opulent OceansOpulent Oceans
Date: Ongoing
Inspired by the book Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History, this exhibition includes 46 exquisite reproductions from 33 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works.
The world’s oceans abound with a truly astonishing diversity of life forms. Beginning some 400 years ago, European voyages of discovery began mapping the globe, and knowledge of ocean life flourished as never before. These explorers documented their discoveries in illustrated books—by sketching their own specimens or collaborating with artists and engravers—resulting in images that communicate the anatomy, life cycles, habits—and sheer beauty—of newfound marine species.

IMAX Shows at the American Museum of Natural History

Enjoy IMAX films on the 4-story high screen while relaxing in the 
gorgeous and comfortable setting of a restored beaux arts theatre:

National Parks Adventure IMAX Movie at the American Museum of Natural HistoryNational Parks Adventure IMAX Film
Date: Through September 1, 2016
National Parks Adventure will be shown in 2D at: 11:30am and 4:30pm; 3D digital showings at: 10:30am; 12:30am; 1:30pm; 2:30pm; 3:30pm
In its New York premiere, MacGillivray Freeman Film’s National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness of America’s national parks. Narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Robert Redford, the film lets audiences soar over red rock canyons, hurtle down steep mountain peaks, and explore other-worldly realms found in our country’s most legendary spaces. This new film is an action-packed celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service and a reflection on what wilderness means to us all.
Filmed in more than 30 national parks across the country, this immersive cinematic experience follows world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe, and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb, and explore their way across America’s spectacular wilderness vistas. In Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, and more, this stirring title reveals a tapestry of natural wonders that will inspire the adventurer in all of us. Captured on IMAX 3D cameras and shown in its full glory in giant screen theatres, National Parks Adventure celebrates the majesty of our national parks and treasured landscapes and highlights the importance of protecting them.

Spectacular Hayden Planetarium Space Shows

See a thrilling Space Show and travel to the outer reaches of the universe in one of the world’s most powerful virtual reality simulators, the Hayden Planetarium space theater. Space Shows are available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Dark Universe - Space Show at the Museum of Natural HistoryDark Universe Space Show
Date: Ongoing
As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know -- and about the mysteries we have yet to solve -- in Dark Universe, a new Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium.
Go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You'll hurtle through Jupiter's atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe's beginnings unfold.
Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it -- and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
Monday–Friday: Every half hour, 10:30am–4:30pm except Wednesdays (first show on Wednesday begins at 11am)
Saturday–Sunday: Every half hour, 10:30am–5pm.

What are the Upcoming Exhibits at the American Museum of Natural History?

American Museum of Natural History: Dwarf CrocodileCrocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World
Date: May 28, 2016-January 2, 2017
This exhibition will immerse visitors in the world of crocs, with engaging interactives, models, artifacts, and living specimens, including an African dwarf crocodile, Siamese crocodile, and American alligator hatchlings.

Date: November 21, 2016-August 13, 2017

The Butterfly Conservatory: Butterflies Alive in Winter
Date: December 10, 2016-May 29, 2017
This seasonal exhibit is a must-see at the museum, as you escape the winter chill to walk through a tropical oasis filled with colorful butterflies.

Where is the American Museum of Natural History Located?
The Museum is located at Central Park West and 79th Street.

How do I get to the Museum of Natural History?
  • B or C to 81st Street and Central Park West
  • 1 to 79th Street and Broadway
What are the Museum of Natural History Hours of Operation?
The Museum of Natural History is open daily, 10am-5:45pm.The Museum is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Space Show Hours: every half-hour, 10:30am–4:30pm; First Friday of every month 10:30am-7pm

When is the Museum of Natural History Gift Shop Open?
The Museum Gift Shop Hours: the Museum Shop is open while the Museum is open, 10am-5:45pm daily.

NOTE: Rates listed are per person based on two adults sharing a room for 2 nights, subject to availability and change. Rates include all taxes and service fees, and all listed features. Triple, quad, single and child rates are available. Starting price is based upon lowest-priced off-peak 3-Star hotel unless otherwise specified. You may get prices on other hotel and date options, longer stays, additional theater, sightseeing and dining, and transportation to NYC on NYC TripQuote.

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