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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 - PterosaursPterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs
Through January 4, 2015
They flew with their fingers. They walked on their wings. Some were gigantic, while others could fit in the palm of a hand. Millions of years ago, the skies were ruled by pterosaurs, the first animals with backbones to fly under their own power. Pterosaurs are neither birds nor bats, but flying reptiles that lived from about 220 and 66 million years ago. Though close cousins of dinosaurs, they evolved on a separate branch of a reptile family tree.
In the new exhibition Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs, rare fossils, life-size models, and hands-on interactives bring these ancient animals to life.
Step back in time to see pterosaurs, including giants such as Tropeognathus mesembrinus,with a wingspan of more than 25 feet, and find out how they moved on land and in the air. Get a first-hand look at the rare pterosaur fossils that have helped paleontologists learn all that we know about these animals. In a virtual flight lab, use your body to pilot a pterosaur over a prehistoric landscape. Encounter the exceptional creatures that flew in the age of dinosaurs.

American Museum of Natural History: Lonesome GeorgeLonesome George
Through January 4, 2015
More than 20,000 species of plants and animals around the world are currently under threat of extinction, and hundreds vanish each year. We don’t always know the exact time of extinction, but we do for the Pinta Island giant tortoise from the Galapagos Islands.
On June 24, 2012, Lonesome George—the tortoise displayed at the Museum and the last known member of his species—died of natural causes. Before a species goes extinct, there must be one last survivor. For the Pinta Island tortoise, that survivor was the male known as Lonesome George. Lonesome George lived in the Galapagos, a chain of islands off the coast of Ecuador that changed our understanding of the natural world. Museum scientists worked closely with taxidermy experts to preserve Lonesome George as he appeared in life. Lonesome George is presented in collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate and Galapagos Conservancy.

American Museum of Natural History: Butterfly ConservatoryThe Butterfly Conservatory
Through May 25, 2015

This is one of the museum's most popular annual seasonal exhibitions. Butterflies and moths make up a large group of insects known as the Order Lepidoptera (lep-i-DOP-ter-ah). The name—from the Greek lepido, "scale," and ptera, "wings"—refers to a prominent feature of adult butterflies and moths, the tiny scales that cover the wings and the rest of the body.
Adult butterflies are wonderfully diverse in shape, size, and color. Active during the day, they live almost everywhere around the world, from Arctic tundra to tropical rain forests.
There are more than 250,000 known species of Lepidoptera, of which about 18,000 are butterflies. Based on their anatomy, butterflies are classified into five families. This exhibition features butterflies from three of the families: the Pieridae (PYAIR-i-dee), commonly known as whites and sulphurs; the Papilionidae (pah-pill-ee-ON-i-dee), or swallowtails; and the Nymphalidae (nim-FAL-i-dee), which includes morphos, longwings, and others.

Picturing Science at the American Museum of Natural HistoryPicturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies
Through June 12, 2015
More than 20 sets of large-format images showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies. Whether Museum scientists are studying parasites, people, or planets in other solarsystems, cutting-edge imaging technologies such as infrared photography, scanning electron microscopes, and CT scanners now make it possible to examine details that were previously unobservable. This exhibition, curated by Mark Siddall, curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, features more than 20 sets of large-format images that showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies.

American Museum of Natural History: Natural Histories ExhibitNatural Histories at the American Museum of Natural History 
Through June 12, 2015
Inspired by the book Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History Library, this exhibition includes 50 stunning images reproduced from more than 20 rare and beautifully illustrated scientific works, dating from the 16th to the early 20th century.
If a bizarre new species were discovered, would you want to see it? Fortunately, you could: on TV, on the Internet, in newspapers, and in magazines. But before modern technology, curiosity was not so easily satisfied. As European explorers came into contact with fascinating animals, plants, land formations and human cultures, their descriptions made the public back home yearn for a glimpse. Illustrated books, like those featured in the exhibition, provided a window. 
Reproductions of illustrations include works by celebrated artists Albrecht Durer, Joseph Wolf, Moses Harris, John Woodhouse Audubon, and Maria Sibylla Merian.

American Museum of Natural History: Nature's FuryNature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters
Through August 9, 2015
From earthquakes and volcanoes to tornadoes and hurricanes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters uncovers the causes of these natural forces, explores the consequences, and considers the risks they pose. Interactive stations will help visitors discover the processes behind each of these natural phenomena, with opportunities to manipulate a model earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand in the still eye of a roaring tornado, and assess the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City. 
The exhibition will also examine how individuals and communities cope and adapt in the aftermath of these events—and how scientists are helping to reduce the risks, plan responses, and prepare for future events.

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:

American Museum of Natural History - IMAX movie - Mysteries of the Unseen WorldMysteries of the Unseen World
Through December 31, 2014
Mysteries of the Unseen World
 will be shown in 3D digital and 2D film. (2D film showings: 10:30am; 11:30am; 1:30pm; and 3:30pm. 3D digital showings: 12:30pm; 2:30pm; and 4:30pm.)
See It in 3D! Mysteries of the Unseen World will transport audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes.
The film will reveal phenomena that can’t be seen with the naked eye, taking audiences into earthly worlds secreted away in different dimensions of time and scale.
High-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology are just a few of the advancements in science that now allow us to see a whole new universe of things, events, creatures, and processes we never even knew existed and now give us new “super powers” to see beyond what is in front of us.
Visually stunning and rooted in cutting-edge research, Mysteries of the Unseen World will leave audiences in complete thrall as they begin to understand the enormity of the world they can’t see, a world that exists in the air they breathe, on their own bodies, and in all of the events that occur around them minute-by-minute, and nanosecond-by-nanosecond. And with this understanding comes a new appreciation of the wonder and possibilities of science.

IMAX movie at the Museum of Natural History: Great White SharkGreat White Shark IMAX Movie
Through January 4, 2015
Great White Shark will be shown in 3D digital and 2D film. (2D film showings: 10:30am and 12:30pm. 3D digital showings: 11:30pm; 1:30pm; 2:30pm; 3:30pm; and 4:30pm)
In this stunning giant-screen movie, filmmakers Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell take viewers around the world for "a breathtaking encounter with the predator we love to fear" and a look at their critical role at the top of the oceanic food chain.
Focusing on four key Great-White hotspots—Mexico, South Africa, California, and New Zealand, the 40-minute film explores what is known about these incredible animals—their strength and beauty—and why they are vulnerable to extinction. Bill Nighy narrates as viewers see sharks through the eyes of people whose lives and work are inextricably linked to the Great White, including two record-breaking free divers, Frederic Buyle and William Winram, who tag Great Whites during free dives.

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
Dark Universe
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: Countdown to ZeroCountdown to Zero
January 13, 2015 - July 12, 2015
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.

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.

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