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American Museum of Natural History Vacation

Rates from:  $183.50  per person for 2-night complete package

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

New York City Museums and Attractions: American Museum of Natural HistoryCome 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 - The Collection
  • 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: Spiders Alive ExhibitSpiders Alive! Exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Through November 29, 2015
In Spiders Alive!, visitors can explore spiders’ anatomy, diversity, venom, silk, and behavior including little-known defensive mechanisms such as mimicry and noise-making. In addition to live arachnids, including 16 spider species that range from the goliath bird eater, one of the largest spiders in the world to the western black widow--the exhibition features larger-than-life models, videos, and fossils. Museum staff will be handling live arachnids for visitors to see up close. Visitors will also be able to learn about spiders’ key characteristics; where spiders are found; how they are adapted to their environment; the roles they play in their ecosystems; and how scientists study spiders.

American Museum of Natural History: Life at the LimitsLife at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species
Date: Through January 3, 2016
Over billions of years, living things have evolved from simple cells into an awe-inspiring array of life-forms. Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species explores the diverse and sometimes jaw-dropping strategies animals and plants employ to find food, fend off predators, and thrive in habitats we would find inhospitable, even lethal. This new exhibition features live animals, interactive exhibits, and models, including a climbable Hercules beetle. Life is full of unexpected wonders.
The exhibition, overseen by Curator Mark Siddall, a parasitologist, and Curator John Sparks, an ichthyologist, introduces visitors to bizarre mating calls, extraordinary examples of parasitism and mimicry, and other amazing means of survival, using specimens, videos, interactive exhibits, and models, including a climbable Hercules beetle.
Live animals on display include the surprisingly powerful mantis shrimp; the jet-powered nautilus; and the axolotl, an entirely aquatic salamander that breathes through external gills. Life at the Limits tells the stories of these and many more creatures across the tree of life—and their unusual approaches to the challenges of living on Earth.

American Museum of Natural History: Butterly Conservatory
The Butterfly Conservatory
Date: Through May 29, 2016
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: 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: Secret World Inside YouThe Secret World Inside You
Date: Ongoing
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: 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:

Jean-Micjel Cousteau's Secret Oceans at American Museum of Natural HistoryJean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean
Date: Ongoing
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean will be show in 2D at: 10:30 am and 12:30 pm; 3D digital showings at: 11:30 am; 1:30 pm; 2:30 pm; 3:30 pm; 4:30pm. 
Filmed over three years at locations around the world, including the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean (40 min.) is narrated by renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, and marine biologist Holly Lohuis take viewers on a breathtaking journey underwater. Audiences will see more than 30 species of marine animals, including animals seldom seen by even the most experienced divers, such as Christmas tree worms, basket stars, banded cleaner shrimp, and fishes such as gobies and blennies. The footage illuminates behaviors of underwater animals captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control. 

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: Temporarily Closed; Will reopen November 24th, 2015 with an improved theater experience
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: Gigantic DinosaurGigantic Dinosaur
Date: January 16, 2016 - January 19, 2019
On January 2016, the Museum is adding another must-see exhibit to its world-famous Fossil Halls: a cast of a 122-foot-long dinosaur. This species is so new that it has not yet been formally named by the paleontologists who discovered it.
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.

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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